Meet the 22-year-old Mumbai engineer who will be paid Rs 1.2 crore salary by Google
Aditya Paliwal is an engineer specialising in artificial intelligence (AI). He is also one of the newest Google hires for the company's AI research wing. Aditya, a 22-year-old Mumbai resident, is set to start his sojourn with one of the biggest tech companies in the world from July 18 at a stupendous annual salary of around Rs 1.2 crore.
Although many will call landing such a job, especially with Google, a supreme achievement, for Aditya it is just a start. Of course, he is stoked about his gig with the company. But not necessarily because it is going to earn him big bucks. Instead, he looks forward to meeting interesting people, learning new skills and working on cool and tricky open-ended problems.
"I will be working as an AI Resident for Google's AI Residency program," Aditya told India Today Tech. "I have plans for future but at this moment, I can't really tell. There are vague ideas here and there but nothing concrete. All I want to do is learn the maximum as I can and meet as many interesting people as I can."
The mantra behind Aditya's success are two: "study hard" and "maintain a balanced lifestyle". Aditya believes, people can achieve if they work hard and maintained a balanced life.
Aditya finished his MTech in Computer Science from International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B) this year. After finishing college, he, along with thousands of other students across the globe, participated in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC). This is where he got the job at Google.
"ACM ICPC is the largest, oldest, hardest and most prestigious programming competition in the world and widely considered to be the 'Olympics' of programming," Aditya said. "I enjoyed problem-solving and my desire to do well and learn more kept me motivated. My alma mater, IIIT Bangalore always offered their full support."
His interest in coding developed when he was in Class 8. "My teacher Jayanti Gopalkirishna from my school Arya Vidya Bandra (West) got me interested in programming," Aditya said.
This interest turned into his passion during his M Tech days at IIIT-B. "After coming into the college, the curriculum and the environment made the passive interest grow into an active interest," he said. "I was fortunate to have wonderful teachers. Prof G Srinivasaraghavan and Prof Muralidhara from IIIT Bangalore had me hooked into Computer Science."
Talking about his job role at Google, Aditya said that he will be working closely with distinguished scientists, engineers and various research groups across Google and Alphabet.
"Residents will be embedded alongside distinguished scientists and engineers from an option of research teams, choosing placements within the Google Brain team, Perception, Natural Language Understanding or Google AI team in New York. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to collaborate and partner closely with various research groups across Google and Alphabet, including Google Accelerated Sciences, X, and Google Cloud AI," Aditya explained.
So what he thinks of AI, is it a force for good? Or something that will lead to evil machines lording over humans? Aditya said he was hopeful about the technology. "The current AI techniques are demonstrably far more effective than what they were merely a decade ago. AI has the potential to disrupt entire industries," he said. He added that AI has a lot of scope in India. "It would be interesting to see machine translation decrease the language barrier across Indian states," he said.