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Meet a not-so-average tech entrepreneur, Michael Sayman. He’s been making iPhone apps since he was 13 years old. His work has made him “more money than I could have ever imagined,” says the Florida teen -- money that’s used to provide for his family.

His work has caught the eye of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, but his latest app 4snaps, a multi-user photo game, caught Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s attention—offering Michael an engineering internship at the social network’s headquarters in California.

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14-Year-Old Prodigy Programmer Dreams In Code

Fourteen-year-old programmer and software developer Santiago Gonzalez might just be the next Steve Jobs. He already has 15 iOS apps to his name and dreams of designing for Apple. At age 12, Santiago became a full-time college student and is on track to earn his bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering by age 16. By 17, when most teenagers are excited to just have their driver's license, Santiago will have his masters degree.

A self-professed computer nerd, Santiago is fluent in a dozen different programming languages and thousands of people have downloaded his apps for the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Learn how Santiago's parents overcame a rigid school system that left their son intellectually stifled and depressed and instead followed an unconventional pathway to nurture his incredible gifts. Santiago's story is truly inspiring and his family's experience provides a powerful model for parents of exceptionally gifted children.

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The Young Codemaster: Raising a Computer Prodigy | On The Red Dot | CNA Insider

He codes, he writes his own programmes and he’s helping teachers to set up computers. And he’s only 8. But what could it mean when your child is ‘too smart’? The story of Seth Yee and his parents, on On The Red Dot's Wonder Kid series.

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Four children with four exceptional gifts – a computer genius, a violin virtuoso, a star gymnast and a dazzling chess player. What is it like to be one in 100,000 or even one in a million?

From friendships gained and families uprooted, it’s a fragile balance between pursuing their potential and not losing their childhood innocence. What hidden sacrifices do these wonder kids and the people around them make to fulfil their grand ambitions ? We go behind the glamour of awards and achievements and find out what it truly means to be a child prodigy.

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Meet a 12-year-old hacker and cyber security expert

One 12-year-old hacker from Texas is raising awareness about growing cyber threats and how to protect digital information. David Begnaud meets with Reuben Paul, a self-proclaimed cyber ninja who hacks household items to demonstrate how they can be exploited to spy on or even harm people.

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Super Genius Kid Tanmay Bakshi (13 years old) explaining IBM Watson and Artificial intelligence

Super Genius Kid Tanmay Bakshi (studying in 8th, 13 years old) explaining IBM Watson and Artificial/Augmented intelligence machine learning. Watch this video.. his confidence, presense of mind and presentation is just amazing.. terrific

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A 12-year-old app developer | Thomas Suarez

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like Bustin Jeiber, a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

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12 Year Old Robot-Building Genius

At 12 years old, Rohan Agrawal knows more than most PhD students in robotics about programming robots. This summer he's interning at Ologic, a research and development firm that has designed robots for the likes of Google, Disney, and Hasbro. He's been programming since he was 4 years old, and we were curious about how he got started.

We quickly learned that his story was not just one about a child prodigy programmer but more about how to find and cultivate your child's inner genius. The formula is straightforward but requires patience and careful observation. Expose your children to a wide range of possible interests, see which they gravitate to, and open the doors for them. Children will spend endless hours doing the things they love to do.

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15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

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15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the Visiting Practitioner's Program at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

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Joel Shor - Really Quick Questions with an Awesome Google Engineer

I ask 67 questions to Google Engineer and AI researcher Joel Shor as we take a stroll through the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Joel and I have been friends for a while and he gladly agreed to an interview. I ask him questions that range from his sleeping patterns to his deep learning library of choice (tensorflow)

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3 years of Computer Science in 8 minutes

This is the most asked question on my channel by far so I thought I'd explain how I learned programming. In the process I got a little distracted and accidentally explained all of computer science in 8 minutes (kind of).

The goal of this video was to show you the connections between modern day (high-level) programming and how it was implemented at the low level. I show you the basics in Java and convert it to C code, then into Assembly, which leads me to talk about how computers perform addition/subtraction, and the logic design behind that is all implemented with transistors. In case you couldn't tell, I love low level programming. Just a disclaimer that I'm not saying this is the best way to learn programming I am simply sharing what I feel was the most valuable in my learning so far. I know many people start with web technologies which can be a great introduction as well! I am currently teaching myself a lot of server networking & all that stuff. I just believe if you really want to understand how to design algorithms and solve problems in creative ways then the most valuable things you can learn are at the low level. Even though C is 40 years old it is still regarded as producing the most efficient code since you have full control over pointers and memory management with minimal overhead. (the only thing faster is assembly.. an even lower level)

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Why Genius Doesn't Matter | Taylor Wilson on Impact Theory

At the age of 14, Taylor Wilson became the 32nd person in human history to achieve nuclear fusion. By the time he reached high school, he'd acquired a deep knowledge base in at least 20 fundamental fields of science and engineering. Taylor also developed a medical device that dramatically lowered the cost of cancer detection. Yet he humbly attributes his success to having insatiable passion and curiosity, not aptitude. Get to know the man that Time Magazine called the next Einstein in this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Impact Theory is a first-of-its-kind company designed to facilitate global change through the incubation of mission-based businesses and the cultivation of empowering content. Every piece of content Impact Theory creates is meant to underscore the company mission to free people from The Matrix and help them unlock their true potential. Impact Theory exists to inspire the next generation of game-changing companies and creators that will make a true and lasting impact on the world.

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“I really believe the best way to learn about a topic is to learn the history.”[4:28]
“Being able to be in the room with someone who has knowledge about something that I don’t is the best feeling in the world.” [11:52]
“If you’re truly curious and you’re truly passionate about something it doesn’t feel like work. You’ll do what it takes to become good at something.” [13:08]
“Energy is the currency of our everyday lives.” [29:20]
“It’s very hard to be inspired to do something when you can’t really see yourself doing it.” [41:12]


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Taylor gives away the step-by-step process to doing the impossible. [3:11]

Taylor walks through his learning process and understanding the personality behind the discoveries. [7:10]

Taylor addresses the credibility gap and gives the key to becoming good at anything. [10:45]

Tom and Taylor dig into the notion that curiosity and passion trumps aptitude. [15:49]

Taylor breaks down how to identify your passion and the life-changing event that shaped his mission. [18:08]

Taylor shares insight into his energy projects and the window they open into the future. [23:00]

Tom and Taylor discuss the role that media plays in science and the ability to communicate knowledge. [26:28]

Taylor dives into his passion around reactor development and the currency of energy. [29:14]

Taylor comments on the research, responsibility, and risks associated with artificial intelligence. [34:16]

Taylor mentions giving his future children access to information and fueling their curiosity. [38:26]

Taylor talks about radical innovations and the importance of questioning the

seemingly impossible. [42:10]

Tom and Taylor go deep on why science is built on curiosity and how failure drives innovation. [45:19]

Taylor defines the impact that he wants to have on the world. [48:18]


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