The youngest AI programmer on this planet is a 7-year-old Guinness report holder

Kautilya Katariya, a UK geek, became the world’s youngest qualified computer programmer at just six years old after completing a number of computer lessons including AI courses at IBM.

When I was six years old, I thought kung fu handle action figures were the epitome of technology. Katariya currently has at least six different certifications in the fields of AI and data science and is sure to be a career that has no limits in the STEM world.

According to an IBM blog post:

Ahead of his world record, Kautilya began reading IBM’s course materials to help him understand computer programming and Python language concepts. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need to stay home, attending the classes was one way that Kautilya, with the support of his parents, could spend time learning new skills.

That kind of thing makes learning to make sourdough bread seem small in comparison, doesn’t it?

Take quickly: This is a lovely feel-good story on the surface, but peeled off a few layers makes it even better. Winning a Guinness World Record is an amazing feat, but the real story here is how accessible coding / programming has become to the whole world.

Many children learned to code at a young age, but Katariya is the youngest to achieve the certification levels they have achieved. And that just goes to show that anyone with an internet connection and a curious mind can learn something as complex as coding for artificial intelligence.

File this under: good for the whole community. If you’ve been considering learning to code but aren’t sure where to start, here is a little motivation in IBM’s blog post:

Kautilya received five certifications in Python and AI from IBM in November 2020. He graduated from IBMs Basics of professional AI certification for edX and the IBM Cognitive Class Python for Data Science course.

Published on January 29, 2021 – 20:06 UTC

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