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2021-05-03

AI and a Neurodiverse Future

Yonah Welker

Yonah Welker joins us to discuss neurodiversity and AI. Many people with autism have faced many barriers in their lives. Yonah believes that we can use AI to empower neurodiverse individuals in the workplace, and on a day-to-day basis.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a term used to refer to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions in a non-pathological sense. Neurodiversity includes disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

How can we use AI to better the lives of neurodiverse individuals?

In our interview, Yonah gives many examples about how technology can help improve neurodiverse lives. Yonah has some criticisms about current methods, as psychologists are not able to find any treatments quickly. AI and machine learning technologies can analyse it much quicker. For example, AI technology could be used to analyse eyeballs and the attention span of those with dyslexia.

“Technology doesn’t care about you.”

Are there any ethical issues in the way?

Yonah explained that representation with AI technology is awful. To build AI for neurodiverse individuals, we need them in our tech teams. However, this is underfunded and therefore hard to become visible.

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