Toronto: Anmol Tukrel, a 16-year-old Indian-origin Canadian citizen, has designed a personalised search engine which he claims is 47 percent more accurate than Google.
The young student designed the search engine as part of a high school project and also to submit to the Google Science Fair, pressexaminer.com reported.
Tukrel came across the idea of a personalised search engine during an internship stint in India at Bengaluru-based adtech firm IceCream Labs.
He planned to take it Google’s personalised search engine idea to the next level.
Tukrel said that unlike most search engines that use a person’s location or browsing history to throw relevant results, his engine tries to show the most relevant content by mapping it to a user’s personality.
Tukrel’s search engine is currently restricted to one year’s news articles that appeared in The New York Times.
His development kit included only a computer, a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet programme and access to Google and New York Times.
To test the accuracy of his search engine, Tukrel limited the search query to this year’s articles from the New York Times.
Partnership with US healthcare organisation Ascension of Google over health data collection of millions of Americans through its “Project Nightingale” has triggered a federal probe, the media reported on Wednesday.
The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services in the US is launching an inquiry into “Project Nightingale”, reports CNN Business.
The Office for Civil Rights “will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals’ medical records to ensure that [the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or HIPAA] protections were fully implemented”, office director Roger Severino was quoted as saying.
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that “Google is engaged with one of the US’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states” and at least 150 Google staffers may have access to the data.
The St. Louis-based healthcare organisation Ascension is allegedly sharing details such as lab results, diagnoses and hospitalisation records — as well as health histories complete with patient names and dates of birth — with the tech giant.
As part of “Project Nightingale”, Ascension uploaded patient data to Google’s Cloud servers.
Meanwhile, in a blog post, Google tried to clarify its partnership with Ascension.
“All of Google’s work with Ascension adheres to industry-wide regulations regarding patient data, and come with strict guidance on data privacy, security and usage,” said Tariq Shaukat, President, Industry Products and Solutions, Google Cloud.
Ascension also issued a statement, saying it is working with Google to optimise the health and wellness of individuals and communities, and deliver a comprehensive portfolio of digital capabilities that enhance the experience of Ascension consumers, patients and clinical providers across the continuum of care.