New York: Time magazine put Indian American teen “scientist and inventor” Geetanjali Rao on the cover of his very first ‘Kid of the Year’, using his “dazzling work” technology selected from more than 5,000 nominated fields to solve problems using polluted drinking water and opioid addiction.

Gitanjali Rao, 15, lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.

Geetanjali Rao is pictured on the cover of the December 14 edition of Time, wearing a white lab coat over casual attire and a set of medals hanging from lanyards. An image of cool confidence in a year headlined by scientific progress.

“Even in a video chat, his brilliant mind and generous spirit shone with his inspiring message to other young people: don’t try to solve every problem, focus on the one that excites you,” writes Rao’s interviewee Angelina Jolie.

Rao’s most recent invention is Kinderley, an application and Chrome extension that uses machine learning technology to detect early signs of cyberbullying.

“I started hard-coding some of the words that could be considered bullying, and then my engine recognized the words that were taken. You could type a word or phrase, and it would be able to pick up if it was intimidating, and the option to edit it or send it Gives you, ”Rao explained to Jolly via video call.

“As a teenager, I know teenagers sometimes get hit. As a teenager, it allows you to rethink what you are saying, so that you know what to do next time.”

Rao is currently working on what he calls “the easiest way to help detect bio-pollutants in water content like parasites.”

Rao hopes to create something “cheap and accurate” for the sling so that people in the poorer economy can use it to test their water quality.

Rao, an avid fan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he read MIT Tech Review “consistently.”

The television version of Time’s Kid of the Year airs on Nickelodeon Channel on December 4 at 7.30pm.


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