11-year-old graduate announces plan to achieve immortality by “replacing body parts with mechanical parts” • The Register
Eleven-year-old Laurent Simons became the second youngest university graduate in history after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Antwerp.
The gifted Belgian kid, who graduated high school at the age of eight and has an IQ of 145, completed the three-year course in just one year, surpassing his class with a score of 85 percent.
He had originally planned to graduate from the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands at the age of nine in 2019, which would have made him the youngest graduate, but he left the course before he graduated. graduate after university officials said he would not be able to graduate until his 10th birthday. because he hadn’t passed enough exams.
In doing so, he may have lost his chance to become the youngest graduate in the world, but he at least hit the record for youngest college dropout.
The current record for the youngest graduate is held by American prodigy Michael Kearney, who enrolled at the University of South Alabama at the age of eight and graduated with a degree in anthropology in 1994, at the age of 10 years and four months.
Kearney went on to teach at Vanderbilt University while completing his second master’s degree, all before he could legally drive, and then used his stupendous memory and intelligence to earn over $ 1 million on a game show.
Simons has more serious plans for his future.
“This is the first piece of the puzzle in my goal of replacing body parts with mechanical parts,” he told the Dutch newspaper. By Telegraaf, apparently without any idea of the terror such speech can engender when it comes out of a child’s mouth. He continued:
Did it just get colder in here?
As well as exercising his prodigious intellect by studying quantum physics, pondering immortality, contemplating becoming some sort of Doctor Octopus’ cyborg creature, and generally posing as the kind of spooky prospect that could do with a Coming out in the X-Men, Simons is also said to enjoy playing Fortnite. Because he’s 11 and that’s what 11-year-olds are supposed to do.
While studying for his bachelor’s degree, he was also working on a master’s degree at a time. He had hoped to complete his master’s degree at an Israeli university by studying a combination of biotechnology, medicine and bioprocess engineering, but the COVID pandemic thwarted his plans.
He is now looking forward to a specially designed master’s program at the University of Antwerp, together with other colleges in Israel, UK and USA. According to the German newspaper Die welt, it is so that he learns to create artificial organs. His grandparents, who mainly raised him, have heart problems and he would like to help them.
We at The register I don’t know if all of this is supposed to scare us, but it’s definitely kind of like that. Maybe Simons can allay our concerns by explaining what he wants to do himself?
“Two things are important in such a study: to acquire knowledge and to apply that knowledge,” he said. By Telegraaf. “To achieve the second, I want to work with the best teachers in the world, look into their brains and find out how they think.”
He wants to look inside their brains. It didn’t help, Laurent. It didn’t help at all.
Michael Kearney would be an improv comedian now, so there is still hope for all of us. ®