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Friday, 4 November 2016

Technology that Empowers – Artificial intelligence (AI) and Accessibility

The picture below whilst appears to be "corny" - it explains exactly my sediment towards those living with disabilities, AI and machines. Technology truly has the power to change lives especially those living with disabilities and offering a different route in life that would otherwise not have been.

Picture depicts a robot and blind boy holding a cane holding illustrating a shared team effort victory win

But the reality of the world we live in today is that we are surrounded by Artificial intelligence (AI) and we use it every day.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has great potential to push technology to assist those with disabilities even further. Offering the empowerment and ecosystem that pushes beyond the current physical barriers that tends to limit those with disabilities.

Technology in this realm is improving and beginning to make more of an impact in our everyday lives. Some of our well-known pioneers such as Elon Musk, Steven Hawking, and Bill Gates have already expressed concerns towards AI and the future with this kind of technology. They fear the future as the rapid growth of technology poses the risks of humans one day not being able to control their AI creations and the decisions they make. There are also grey areas about the success rate of putting moral and ethical decisions in the hands of AI or robots. Will they make the "right choice" in any given situation?

AI is already helping those with disabilities

Today, people with disabilities have discovered limitless possibilities for how they use the technology available to them from using it to write their papers or take notes in school, to importing their calendars with their important appointments across all their devices, to having their iPhone read everything that's happening on their device to them and more. Most people have a collection of apps that help them organise their life that incorporates AI.

AI and web accessibility

Through our research into accessibility it becomes quickly apparent that accessibility means different things to different people. The ideology of having a standard that becomes a one “fit for all” seems unlikely the deeper we research. This becomes more evident when accepting that everyone has different ideas as to what works well and what does not. Especially when factoring in that it’s human nature to have preferences and choices in everything we do.

We need ways that can automatically "measure accessibility" for each individual and then instantly apply the metrics learned to form solutions that alter information and the way we interact with information online such that content is tailored on a user-by-user basis. This is exactly the goal and concept of WoDifier (

Visit the WoDifier website to learn more about our platform.

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