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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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Intel Becomes Savior Of Exploited Workers

In recent years modern slavery has increasingly come under the global spotlight

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich delivers a keynote speech at CES International, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich delivers a keynote speech at CES International, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. VOA

Intel topped a list issued on Monday ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labor in their supply chains, overtaking HP and Apple.

Most of the top 40 global technology companies assessed in the study by KnowTheChain, an online resource for business, had made progress since the last report was published in 2016. But the study found there was still room for improvement.

“The sector needs to advance their efforts further down the supply chain in order to truly protect vulnerable workers,” said Kilian Moote, project director of KnowTheChain, in a statement.

Intel, HP and Apple scored the highest on the list, which looked at factors including purchasing practices, monitoring and auditing processes. China-based BOE Technology Group and Taiwan’s Largan Precision came bottom.

Workers who make the components used by technology companies are often migrants vulnerable to exploitative working conditions, the report said.

About 25 million people globally were estimated to be trapped in forced labor in 2016, according to the International Labor Organization and rights group Walk Free Foundation.

Laborers in technology companies’ supply chains are sometimes charged high recruitment fees to get jobs, trapped in debt servitude, or deprived of their passports or other documents, the report said.

It highlighted a failure to give workers a voice through grievance mechanisms and tackle exploitative recruiting practices as the main areas of concern across the sector.

In recent years modern slavery has increasingly come under the global spotlight, putting ever greater regulatory and consumer pressure on firms to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor, child labor and other forms of slavery.

From cosmetics and clothes to shrimp and smartphones, supply chains are often complex with multiple layers across various countries — whether in sourcing the raw materials or creating the final product — making it hard to identify exploitation.

Overall, large technology companies fared better than smaller ones, suggesting a strong link between size and capacity to take action, the report said. Amazon, which ranked 20th, was a notable exception, it said.

“Top-ranking brands … are listening to workers in their supply chains and weeding out unscrupulous recruitment processes,” Phil Bloomer, head of the Business & Human Rights Resource Center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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A spokesman for Amazon said the report drew from old and incomplete information and failed to take into account recently launched anti-slavery commitments and initiatives.

HP said it regularly assessed its supply chain to identify and address any concerns and risks of exploitation.

“We strive to ensure that workers in our supply chain have fair treatment, safe working conditions, and freely chosen employment,” said Annukka Dickens, HP’s director for human rights and supply chain responsibility.

Also read: Another Security flaw is Revealed By Intel in its Chips

Intel, Apple, BOE Technology and Largan Precision did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (VOA)