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How Big Tech Embraced Disabled Users

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Technologies originally developed for accessibility are now seen as productivity enhancements.

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Big tech companies increasingly are rolling out technologies that aim to help disabled users.

Apple's Live Speech, for instance, recreates a user's voice using artificial intelligence, allowing those with speech issues to have typed messages read aloud in their natural voices. Meanwhile, an updated version of Google's Lookout app, which uses AI to describe images to visually impaired users, will be able to identify objects without labels. Representatives of both companies said at a recent tech event in Paris that accessibility is a priority.

Other companies also are working to help those with sensory impairments. Microsoft’s SeeingAI describes photos for visually impaired people, while French firm Sonar Vision is developing technology to guide visually impaired people around cities. And the company Equally AI is harnessing ChatGPT to improve the accessibility of websites.

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