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A 6-year-old boy set a new Guinness World Record as the world’s youngest computer programmer

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For completing IBM’s Artificial Intelligence Certification at the age of 7, Kautilya Katariya set a new Guinness World Record.

Most 6-year-old boys and girls are probably more interested in playing with toys and playing video games than taking a programming lesson, but Kautilya Katariya is an exception. Kautilya, who is now seven years old, has been named the world’s youngest computer programmer after earning four IBM technical certifications in Python and artificial intelligence.

He also broke a Guinness World Record in the process.

The IBM Developer Skills Network, a free learning platform that publishes courses on Coursera, edX.org, and other online education sites, isn’t joking when it says developers of any age can receive many new technical qualifications in fields including cloud and AI.

“When Kautilya had extra time at home due to the COVID lockdown and holiday cancellation, he immersed himself in the world of tech… to help satisfy his curiosities,” his father, Ishwari Katariya, said. “We were looking for some free online computing and AI courses that were organised and well-defined, and IBM’s courses met all of those requirements.”

“The IBM courses helped him to understand complex concepts of computing, programming, machine learning, and artificial intelligence,” said Ishwari Katariya, whose son is a student in Northampton, United Kingdom.

Initially, Kautilya looked into programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, and HTML support, but he settled on Python because, according to Ishwari Katariya, Python is the best programming language to learn right now for AI and machine learning. It took him around six to seven months to master Python.

In November 2020, IBM awarded Kautilya five certifications in Python and AI. On edX, he completed IBM’s Foundations of AI technical certification and IBM Cognitive Class’s Python for Data Science course.

Ishwari Katariya said, “As a parent, we are very proud of Kautilya’s achievement and were excited when he got his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Record.”

And he’s not finished yet. His father said, “Kautilya has now taken six IBM qualification courses and received an IBM Professional Certification for Artificial Intelligence and Applied Data Science with Python.” “He is currently enrolled in two more IBM courses in order to obtain a technical qualification in ‘Applied AI.’”

IBM’s Student on Call developer advocate is a high school student.
Tanmay Bakshi, who has given a TED Talk and created informative DevOps videos, is another student who used IBM’s tools to learn about technology. He’s also a developer champion for IBM’s Student on Call programme.

Tanmay works 20 hours a week at IBM, despite the fact that he is still in high school, according to IBM. He is a co-instructor in one of the IBM AI Professional Certificate program’s courses.

Tanmay began his career as a developer at the age of five, when he began coding. According to IBM, his passion for computer science has led him to become an AI expert. He’s written a book called Hello Swift!: iOS app programming for kids and other beginners, and he’s developed a number of games.

Kautilya was introduced to Tanmay by IBM, and the two intend to meet for a mentorship call to discuss how Kautilya can continue to learn new developer skills, according to the company.

Antonio Cangiano, Tanmay’s IBM boss, was recently introduced to a system of elite schools in Uzbekistan by Intela Education, one of IBM’s partners in Ukraine.

In December, Cangiano led a virtual workshop with 300 students, during which all of the students were able to complete IBM’s AI chatbot course using Watson Assistant while also signing up for IBM Cloud, according to the company.


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