Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?


Daivergent is a new startup that hires people with autism to train artificial intelligence – and helps them start independent careers. Subscribe:

When Byran Dai’s mother passed away, he knew that he was responsible for helping support his brother with autism. After people with autism turn 21, they often encounter the “support cliff,” after which they stop receiving many forms of government support. The statistics for autism in adulthood are stark – of the 2.5 million people with autism in the United States, 85% are unemployed. A data scientist by trade, Byran had an idea. He knew some people on the autism spectrum, like his brother, had particular strengths that made them well suited to training next-generation AI used in things like self-driving cars. What if he started a company that hired people from the autistic community for jobs helping businesses with specialized AI training? It could help provide independence, employment, and the start to a career for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – all while helping push the envelope of artificial intelligence. Today, he’s CEO of Daivergent, a company dedicated to “unlocking the unique aptitude of people on the autism spectrum, connecting companies to a high-quality workforce through its innovative remote work platform.” In this video, we meet him and some of the workers with autism who discuss the impact it has had on their lives.

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