A 16-year old going by the name Anmol Tukrel, an Indian-origin Canadian citizen is now challenging the authority of Google. He has designed a personalised search engine that claims to be as high as 47 percent more accurate than Google, and about 21 percent more accurate on an average. Tukrel’s search engine was designed as a part of a project to submit to the Google Science Fair, which is a global online competition open to students aged 13 to 18 years.
He said :
“I thought I would do something in the personalised search space. It was the most genius thing ever. But when I realised Google already does it, I tried taking it to the next level,” said Tukrel, who was in India for a two-week internship programme at Bengaluru-based adtech firm IceCream Labs.
Tukrel’s tinkering kit: A computer with at least 1 gigabyte of free storage space, a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet program and access to Google and New York Times.
Tukrel claims his algorithm solves the other side of the equation: It understands what a user would like before it serves up the results by dwelling deep into the content of the text, understanding the underlying meaning, before matching it to a user’s personality, and throwing up the result.
“For someone to look at a successful Google product and attempt to go one level up, it’s astonishing,” said Sanjay Ramakrishnan, cofounder of Ice-Cream Labs, and former marketing manager of Myntra.
Tukrel, the student of Holy Trinity School in Toronto, said he learnt to code in his third grade, and subsequently picked up on mathematics and coding.