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Who is Gitanjali Rao, Time’s “Young Woman of the Year”?

At 15, Gitanjali Rao, who was chosen as the « Young Woman of the Year » by Time magazine, has created applications to tackle drinking water contamination, cyberbullying, addiction to opioids and other social problems

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LONE TREE, Colorado.- A high school student and scientist from 15 years of Colorado that has used artificial intelligence and created applications to tackle drinking water contamination, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems, was named by the Time magazine like the first « Youth of the Year« .

Gitanjali rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch, in the Denver suburbs, and who resides in the city of Lone Tree, was selected from more than 5,000 nominees in a process that culminated in a committee of finalist children, reporters from Time for Kids and comedian Trevor Noah.

Rao told The Associated Press in an interview via Zoom from home on Friday that the recognition is « something I could never have imagined. I am very grateful and very excited that we are really looking at the next generation, our generation, since the future is in our hands. « 

Time He explained in a statement that, together with Nickelodeon television, he wanted to recognize « the emerging leaders of the youngest generation in the United States » with the award of the award. For 92 years, Time has chosen « Person of the Year, » and the youngest in its history was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was 16 when she appeared on the cover of the magazine last year.

Rao stood out for creating a global community of young innovators and inspiring them to pursue their goals, he noted. Time. Rao insists that starting young doesn’t matter as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing.

Rao’s innovations started early. At age 12 he developed a portable device to detect lead in water.

He has created a device called Epione that diagnoses prescription opioid addiction at an early stage. In addition, he developed an application called Kindly that uses artificial intelligence to help prevent bullying on the Internet: it allows teenagers to type a word or phrase to detect if the words they use are offensive, and it allows them to decide to edit the message they are sending or continue.

« And now I’m going back to the water, studying moving things like the parasitic compounds in the water and how we can detect them, » Rao said after a day of distance classes.

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