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People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

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Ernst & Young's Justin Pierce at his desk

Ernst & Young employee Justin Pierce, who has autism, works at the company's Chicago office.

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Companies like Ernst & Young are recruiting people with autism for artificial intelligence jobs through neurodiversity hiring programs. Several employers said autistics are known for being highly analytical thinkers with outstanding technological savvy, and capable of working for long periods on repetitive AI tasks, while maintaining interest.

People on the autism spectrum also are known for logical reasoning and pattern recognition, making them well-suited for systematically developing and testing AI models. Ernst & Young's autistic employees work across the professional services firm's five U.S. neurodiversity centers of excellence, and last year a team in Dallas invented an algorithm for automatically generating consulting contracts.

The team also constructed neural networks to identify tax deductions for a client, processing five years of documents in just 12 minutes, the company's Hiren Shukla said.

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