AI for Disabilities Worldwide – Changing Lives

AI for disabilities is a given since it is becoming a part of our everyday lives.  For example, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are all AI. Speech to text helps many people living with disabilities worldwide, and it is growing.

At a recent event, IBM’s AI evangelist, Jeremy Waite told delegates that a survey done by the company of 1,200 Uk executives found that 28 percent plan to invest in AI in the next year.  The AI technology Watson can search 10 million records per second – it is capable of finding specific words in the whole back catalog of TED talks in just seconds.

AI Is Powerful

The biggest tech companies’ use of AI within their products is seeing new tech features becoming far simpler for everyone to use, including disabled people. And by investing in inclusive designs those products are now reaching bigger audiences – accessible designs are more popular with every customer.

AI and Accessibility

Hector Minto, head of accessibility and assistive tech at Microsoft spoke about the new Microsoft Seeing AI:

Hopefully AI means that, rather than expecting people to provide something in an accessible format, it will mean that everything becomes accessible in the future.”

Windows Hello uses biometric login such as your fingerprint or face, which is suitable for people with physical disabilities.  It is also suitable for people with dyslexia who may struggle to remember passwords.  Subtitles in Powerpoint mean people can save a transcript of the narration which occurred next to slides and keep transcripts.

Minto added that AI is so magnificent that it will help assistive technology go worldwide, even in places where there is little to no support for people with disabilities.

AI is for Everyone

Kiran Kaja, technical programme manager for search accessibility at Google told delegates:

Everyone wins when we harness AI. Voice recognition was developed for disabled people, but its the hot item at the moment and is useful for everyone.  The same with speech-to-text technology, which is completely based on renewal networks.  This uses AI and predictive text is also AI.  Google wants to use intelligent tech to improve customers experience.”