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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)

  • 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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Technology companies have recently been a favorite target of many members of the U.S. Congress, who have criticized them over a wide range of issues such as privacy, work in China and allowing foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

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The Chinese flag is seen near the Google sign at the Google china headquarters in Beijing, China. VOA

The United States’ top general said on Thursday that the Chinese military was benefiting from the work Alphabet Inc’s Google was doing in China, where the technology giant has long sought to have a bigger presence.

“The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit,” he said.

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Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market. Pixabay

“Frankly, ‘indirect’ may be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it is more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.”

Last year Google said it was no longer vying for a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Defense Department, in part because the company’s new ethical guidelines do not align with the project.

In June, Google said it would not renew a contract to help the U.S. military analyze aerial drone imagery when it expires, as the company sought to defuse an internal uproar over the deal.

At the same time, Google said it has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China, though it is continuing to study the idea.

During the hearing, Republican Senator Josh Hawley sharply criticized the tech company, referring to it as “a supposedly American company.”

FILE - Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a hearing of a Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, March 6, 2019.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a hearing of a Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, March 6, 2019. VOA

Technology companies have recently been a favorite target of many members of the U.S. Congress, who have criticized them over a wide range of issues such as privacy, work in China and allowing foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market.

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Asked about Dunford’s comments, Google referred to previous statements.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has previously said the company has invested in China for years and plans to continue to do so, but that the company also was continuing to work with the U.S. government on projects in health care, cybersecurity and other fields. (VOA)