Last week Google announced that its science fair grand prize winner was 17-year old Florida native, Brittany Wenger. For her project, the high school student devised a better way to diagnose breast cancer using massive amounts of data and cloud computing.
Brittany Wenger first learned about artificial intelligence during a seventh-grade school project. She was so fascinated by the technology that she bought a book on programming and taught herself how to code.
According to CNN, that combination of drive, passion for science and a desire to do something good was common at this year’s event. Organizers of the online science fair received thousands of entries from 100 countries, including India, Ukraine, Malta and Swaziland. Google picked 15 finalists and, at a final gala in an airplane hangar in Palo Alto, announced the winners in three age categories, along with a grand-prize winner.
Click here to view an interview with Wenger.