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Significance of Artificial Intelligence for the disabled


For a long time, technology has been creating opportunities for people with impairments, from automated scooters to cochlear implants. AI will begin to boost such efforts in the upcoming years with new powers and wider access. There is a huge and vast market to tap into -- with over a billion people living with impairments throughout the world. A designer's urge to support his blind friend write more comprehensibly inspired one of the first typewriters. Alexander Graham Bell's had a deaf parent, and it was through his work with the deaf community that the telephone was born.

Role of AI for disabled persons


Artificial Intelligence has enabled us to perform our daily jobs in new and more efficient ways. AI can assist people with disabilities by significantly improving their ability to get around and participate in daily activities by automating the process that would typically need human intellect, such as speech recognition and several other functions. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the lives of individuals with disabilities by facilitating the development of interactive technologies that promote accessibility and flexibility. For persons with impairments, AI-assisted voice-assist devices like Google Home, Alexa have opened new possibilities of accessibility. Because Artificial Intelligence is so important in communication and engagement, it makes it much easier for persons with disabilities to access information simply by speaking to their devices.

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

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More than 20% of U.S. adults live with some form of disability, according to a September 2015 report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest generation of smartphones, tablets, and personal computers are equipped with accessibility features that make using these devices easier, or at least, less onerous, for those who have sight, speech, or hearing impairments. These enhancements include functions such as screen-reading technology (which reads aloud text when the user passes a finger over it); screen-flashing notification when a call or message comes in for the hearing impaired; and voice controls of basic functions for those who are unable to physically manipulate the phone or computing device's controls. Other technologies that can help the disabled have or are coming to market, and not all of them are focused simply on providing access to computers or smartphones. Irrespective of the accessibility provided, most market participants agree more needs to be done to help those with disabilities to fully experience our increasingly digital world.

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Xbox's latest release, the Adaptive Controller, allows compatibility external joysticks, pedals, switches and buttons. Microsoft's Seeing AI for the iPhone tries to identify a person's gender, approximate age and mood. Retiree Douglas Wakefield is a tech enthusiast. The 76-year-old begins a typical day by donning his Apple Watch and listening to its synthesized voice deliver the weather. Over coffee, the Arlington, Virginia, resident catches up on overnight news on his iPhone X and consumes books read out loud on topics like coding – his goal is to write apps for the iPhone.

People With Speech Disabilities Are Being Left Out of the Voice-Assistant Revolution


When Whitney Bailey bought an Amazon Echo, she wanted to use the hands-free calling feature in case she fell and couldn't reach her phone. She hoped that it would offer her family some peace of mind and help make life a little easier. In some ways, she says, it does. But because she has cerebral palsy, her voice is strained when she talks, and she struggles to get Alexa to understand her. To make matters worse, having to repeat commands strains her voice even more.