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Anmol Tukrel: 16-year-old designs better search engine than Google

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Canada: Anmol Tukrel, a 16-year old Indian-Canadian, designed a search engine that claims to be 47% more accurate than Google and 21% more accurate on an average. Google, headed by Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai, is considered as the most ground-breaking technology of the 21st century; however the record seems to be on the verge to get broken.

The strangest thing is that Tukrel has just completed his 10th grade and he took just a few months to design the search engine and approximately 60 hours to code the engine. He designed the engine as a part of a project to submit to the Google Science Fair, which is global online competition.

During an interview with reporters, Tukrel said, “I thought I would do something in the personalized search space. It was the most genius thing ever, but when I realized Google already does it, I tried taking it to the next level.”

Tukrel took help from a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet program and access to Google, to design the new search engine. He added, “My computer teacher was pretty impressed with the project. I skipped a year in computer science, so they knew I was good, but maybe not so good.” Tukrel is a student of Holy Trinity School in Toronto and learned to code in the third grade.

Tukrel limited the search queries to news articles from The Newyork Times, to test the accuracy of his search engine. According to Tukrel, his new search engine is better as it uses location, apps, browsing history as well as understands the context and meaning, and directs those matching on screen.

Tukrel wants to study computer science at Stanford University and develop a news aggregator. He also handles a company ‘Tacocat Computers’ through his parents consent.

According to the report, Tukrel was in India for a two-week internship program at Bengaluru-based Adtech Firm IceCream Labs. If his search engine can be reliable, we may have a path-breaking search engine which redefines the way we access technology. (Inputs from Agencies)

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  • Heimen Stoffels

    And where can I check out this new search engine, even if only in screenshots? ‘Cause right now this story seems full of ****shit as there’s no proof at all that this engine even exists.

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Refugee Communities Can Be Built By Tech Industries

Mikkelsen said the initiative was a win-win as it would also benefit companies by slashing costs.

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Congolese families sit at the Kyangwali refugee settlement camp, Uganda, March 19, 2018. A California company is testing an app in Uganda that lets refugees earn money for AI training. VOA

Companies could help refugees rebuild their lives by paying them to boost artificial intelligence (AI) using their phones and giving them digital skills, a tech nonprofit said Thursday.

REFUNITE has developed an app, LevelApp, which is being piloted in Uganda to allow people who have been uprooted by conflict to earn instant money by “training” algorithms for AI.

Wars, persecution and other violence have uprooted a record 68.5 million people, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

People forced to flee their homes lose their livelihoods and struggle to create a source of income, REFUNITE co-chief executive Chris Mikkelsen told the Trust Conference in London.

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Rohingya refugees cross floodwaters at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. VOA

“This provides refugees with a foothold in the global gig economy,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s two-day event, which focuses on a host of human rights issues.

$20 a day for AI work

A refugee in Uganda currently earning $1.25 a day doing basic tasks or menial jobs could make up to $20 a day doing simple AI labeling work on their phones, Mikkelsen said.

REFUNITE says the app could be particularly beneficial for women as the work can be done from the home and is more lucrative than traditional sources of income such as crafts.

The cash could enable refugees to buy livestock, educate children and access health care, leaving them less dependant on aid and helping them recover faster, according to Mikkelsen.

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Rohingya refugee women wait outside of a medical center at Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. VOA

The work would also allow them to build digital skills they could take with them when they returned home, REFUNITE says.

“This would give them the ability to rebuild a life … and the dignity of no longer having to rely solely on charity,” Mikkelsen told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Teaching the machines

AI is the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.

It is being used in a vast array of products from driverless cars to agricultural robots that can identify and eradicate weeds and computers able to identify cancers.

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In this Aug. 27, 1994 file photo, U.S. Coast Guard crew from the cutter Staten Island are hindered by rough seas in the Florida Straits as they attempt to rescue Cuban refugees. VOA

In order to “teach” machines to mimic human intelligence, people must repeatedly label images and other data until the algorithm can detect patterns without human intervention.

REFUNITE, based in California, is testing the app in Uganda where it has launched a pilot project involving 5,000 refugees, mainly form South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. It hopes to scale up to 25,000 refugees within two years.

Also Read: Rohingyas Repatriation to Myanmar Scrapped by Bangladesh

Mikkelsen said the initiative was a win-win as it would also benefit companies by slashing costs.

Another tech company, DeepBrain Chain, has committed to paying 200 refugees for a test period of six months, he said. (VOA)