Explore accessibility via Amazon Alexa at Sight Tech Global 2022 • TechCrunch

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A little-known fact about Amazon’s Alexa is where the public debut of voice services took place before they were widely available to customers.of The venue was CSUNis a long-running conference dedicated to assistive technology for people with disabilities such as blindness. There is nothing more to be gained from a machine that responds quickly to verbal questions, and no group that provides more perceptive feedback.

from now on Cytotech Global Conference December 7th and 8th (virtual and free — register here), two of Amazon’s primary accessibility leaders, Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility, Devices and Services, Dr. Joshua Miele, A principal accessibility researcher explains how. Amazon continues to dig deeper into accessibility And the fairness surrounding the amazing Alexa voice service, used billions of times by millions of customers worldwide.Kya.

As Korn and Miele point out, the benefits Alexa gives to blind people don’t necessarily work the same way for people with speech disabilities, for example. At the same time, Alexa’s capabilities long ago exceeded the limits of voice-based interaction. Today, 30% of interactions with Alexa in the home are driven by Alexa’s engaging side hustle, not the user’s voice commands. Premonition When routine.

And agreeing with the reality that not everyone speaks in a way that Alexa can understand today, Amazon recently joined a consortium of technology companies including Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft to Speech accessibility project University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) andWe use AI and new speech datasets to help speech recognition systems like Alexa and other speech services better understand diverse speech patterns.

For those involved in assistive technology, it’s no surprise that Alexa’s debut was at CSUN. Many notable technologies originated with the blind. In 1976, it was tech legend Ray Kurzweil who took a giant step forward in Optical Character Recognition (OCR), the ancestor of today’s computer vision. kurzweil reading machine At a press conference hosted by National Federation of the BlindOCR has spawned countless businesses beyond accessibility. It has also produced many powerful and virtually free tools used by blind people today, including those discussed at Sight Tech Global.

Alexa, which Amazon demoed in front of an audience at CSUN almost eight years ago, does exactly the same and has grown into a service with a huge array of features, including: show and tell When Notify me when I’m near youOne reason is the Amazon team’s focus on a holistic approach aimed at making Alexa better and more useful for everyone, while aiming to leave no one behind. That’s it.

joining Cytotech Global For this session and many others, full agenda. Sight Tech Global, now in its third year, brings together the world’s top technologists in AI and other advanced technologies to work on assistive technology for the visually impaired. Register Today.

Thanks to our sponsors iSenpai, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, HumanWare, Microsoft, Ford, Fable, APH and Waymo. If you would like to sponsor an event, Please contact usAll sponsorship proceeds go to non-profit organizations Vista Center for the Blindhas been serving the Silicon Valley community for 75 years.

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