The 8-year-old earns GCSE top marks in math after becoming the youngest computer programmer in the world

The 8-year-old earns GCSE top marks in math after becoming the youngest computer programmer in the world

The 8-year-old earns GCSE top marks in math after becoming the youngest computer programmer in the world

One of Britain’s smartest kids earned GCSE top marks in math after becoming the youngest computer programmer in the world at the age of EIGHT.

Kautilya Katariya is one of the youngest ever to achieve top marks in the subject, eight years ahead of most students in exams.

The computer wizard had already set a record for being the youngest qualified computer programmer in the world two years ago, when he was only six.

Brainbox Kautilya is now budding to become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, having already developed artificial intelligence software and plans to create his own company.

The pint-sized genius learned programming on his own during the Covid lockdowns and holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest programmer on the planet.

The third-year pupil also gave public speeches at conferences in America and gave a speech to delegates in Dubai after being invited by the Prime Minister of the UAE.

And his most recent achievement saw him pass GCSE math with a 9 – the equivalent of an A * – after studying with students aged 10, 11, and 12.

Despite competing against adults, Kautilya says he still likes nothing more than playing with his little brother, doing puzzles, swimming and cycling.

But instead of playing computer games, he enjoys building them more using programming languages ​​like Python.

He is also an IBM Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional and is self-paced in computer science at the college level using free Internet resources.

Kautilya, who attends Northampton’s Wootton Park School and describes himself as a computer explorer, said: “I feel good about my achievements and am quite proud.

“I got interested when my dad gave me a book on creating a program and I liked it so much I finished it in a day.

“It was then that I became passionate about computer science and I was five and a half years old. This was when I wrote my first computer program.

I have developed some artificial intelligence projects using IBM Watson and Python including a chatbot, voice assistance and an image recognition system to detect fire and smoke.

“It can be used in places with a high risk of fire, so the camera can be connected to my AI model and then it can check for fire or smoke.

“And if there is, then you can call the fire brigade.

“In the future I want to create a new AI and create my own company. It’s fun to learn with older people, I enjoy it,

“Programming develops problem-solving skills for future challenges, and you can accomplish almost anything using programming.

“In the short term, I’m already in the process of making a product to connect with like-minded people.”

When asked what he would artificially build if he could do something, he added: “I would build a robot that could do anything.

“If you were sick it could be a doctor, if you want to talk it could be a friend. If you need a ride it could be a rocket.”

Kautilya’s interest in programming began when she saw a game in a book called Bubble Blaster.

His father Ishwari, 40, a Northampton-based computer software technician, said: “He saw this game but didn’t seem interested in playing it.

“He was more interested in asking us questions about how he could make it himself by following the instructions in the books and videos.

“We bought him an early learning book on programming and computers thinking it would be just one of those things that he would lose interest in.

“It was just like child’s play for him. ‘He’s having fun’ we thought, ‘so let’s give him more.’

“Then, we saw that he had made his own copy of Bubble Blaster.

“He just started exploring a lot on the Internet and we bought him more books: he finished a two-year term in six months.

“He started studying artificial intelligence and got this Microsoft software built for the technical skills of a professional while he was year 2.

“There was only so much we could help Kautilya with due to her advanced level.

“When the school opened after the lockout, they were really supportive and really impressed with his skills.

“The school started teaching him according to a secondary school standard. He would have an hour in year 3 and then a couple of hours in years 10 and 11.

“His mom and I are really proud of him and the incredible work he is doing.

“It was great to see him feel so accomplished. But the goal is not which exams he can pass, it is for him to be able to learn more about his interests. “

Despite her young age, Kautilya was invited to give a speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai in March to discuss how governments can support children in learning programming.

Ishwari added: “The prime minister of the UAE has invited him to speak again. He gave a speech there in front of 500-600 delegates from all over the world.

“But in general he’s just a normal guy, he’s really focused on what he does. Everything he does he does with concentration.

“He sees himself as a problem solver and likes to have fun solving the problem himself. If I try to help him he will say ‘no no, I will’

“You might be surprised, but don’t spend too much time on the laptop, maybe an hour.

“The rest of the time he spends like a normal kid, playing outdoors. He likes cycling, swimming and origami.

“When I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he just says he wants to solve a lot of problems and keep dealing with IT problems.

“Maybe he got it from his mother, she’s the smart one in the family.”

Mom Trupti, 37, also revealed that on the day of the exam to become a certified programmer the schoolboy had spent five hours playing outside with his friends.

He added: “I wanted him to be well rested on the day of the exam.

“But in the end he had been out playing with his friends for five hours when it came time to sit down. But he was fine.

“I don’t think the record is important to him. But he knows what he’s doing. I’m glad he did it while he was still a kid.”

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