The Blind Are Seeing the World Through Artificial Intelligence

Aipoly uses machine vision and text-to-speech technology to identify and describe photos of everyday objects to visually impaired users There’s no doubt that smartphones make our lives easier. As smartphone technology becomes more sophisticated with each passing year, however, it’s worthwhile to ask: are these helping devices truly serving the needs of every person who requires assistance in their daily lives? Could mobile technology be reaching more people who truly need it? Aipoly is a smartphone app that acts as an intelligent assistant to the non-sighted user Students at Singularity University—a Silicon Valley-based benefit corporation, educational program, and startup accelerator that researches emerging technology to develop unique solutions to the challenges that modern communities face—asked the above questions, and their answer could change the way that the 285 million visually impaired…

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