Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

The third annual Sight Tech World convention, a digital, free and extremely accessible occasion on December 7 and eight convenes a number of the world’s high specialists engaged on assistive tech, particularly AI, for people who find themselves blind or visually impaired. For those who don’t observe this subject, possibly it’s best to, as a result of a variety of cutting-edge tech through the years — assume OCR and NLP — was developed on the outset with blind individuals in thoughts, and went from there to extra mainstream makes use of. Register immediately!

At this 12 months’s occasion we’ve classes with the creators of a number of new units to help with imaginative and prescient, and we’ll speak in regards to the expertise structure choices that went into balancing functionality with value and tapping present platforms.

We’ll additionally take our first have a look at accessibility in VR, which is an space of giant concern as a result of if/when VR takes off within the leisure and enterprise worlds, it’s very important that folks with out imaginative and prescient have entry, as they do immediately on sensible telephones and computer systems because of screenreaders like JAWS, VoiceOver and NVDA.

Our third massive slab of programming is about AI itself. There isn’t any scarcity of hype so far as AI’s capabilities, and it’s vital to push again on that by discussing some severe limitations and deficits in the way in which immediately’s AI works for individuals with disabilities, to not point out humanity generally. On the similar time, AI is arguably the most effective core tech ever for individuals with out sight. Understanding AI is important to the way forward for everybody with disabilities for all these causes. Don’t neglect to register immediately!

And earlier than you browse this superior agenda: For technologists, designers and product of us engaged on earthshaking assistive tech, we’re internet hosting a small, in-person occasion on December 9 that includes workshops on assistive tech, many run by the identical luminaries on the agenda. ? Contact us.

Right here’s the agenda. To see instances and extra, go to the Sight Tech World agenda web page.

The Dynamic Tactile System: That “Holy Braille” for educations is close to 

Following up on final 12 months’s dialogue of the APH and Humanware collaboration to create an education-focused tactile show (see subsequent session), Greg Stilson updates Sight Tech World on the undertaking’s progress and APH’s work towards an SDK for builders to construct on the tactile show. Greg Stilson can even lead a breakout session for attendees who wish to go deeper on the Dynamic Tactile System.

Greg Stilson, Head of World Innovation, APH

Moderator: Devin Coldewey, Author & Photographer, TechCrunch

The DOT Pad: How the Bible and smartphone speaker tech impressed a breakthrough 

For many years, engineers have labored towards a braille show that may render tactile photographs and multiline braille. DOT Pad might have cracked the code with an modern strategy to producing dynamic fields of braille pins actuated by sensible integrations mixed with present applied sciences, like Apple’s VoiceOver. Eric Kim and Ki Sung can even lead a breakout session for attendees who wish to be taught extra.

Eric Ju Yoon Kim Co-Founder/CEO DOT

Ki Kwang Sung Co-Founder/CEO DOT

Moderator: Devin Coldewey Author & Photographer TechCrunch

Digital Actuality and Inclusion: What does non-visual entry to the metaverse imply?

Individuals with disabilities and accessibility advocates are working to verify the metaverse is accessible to everybody. This panel will delve into analysis on the challenges present digital and augmented actuality instruments create for people who find themselves blind or have low imaginative and prescient.The panelists will share their experiences utilizing immersive applied sciences and discover how these instruments can be utilized to reinforce employment alternatives in hybrid and distant workplaces — however provided that they’re constructed with inclusion in thoughts.

Moderator Invoice Curtis Davidson Co-Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Know-how (PEAT)

Alexa Huth, Director Strategic Communications, PEAT

Brandon Keith Biggs, Software program Engineer, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Analysis Institute and CEO XR Navigation

Aaron Gluck, PhD candidate in Human-Centered Computing, Clemson College

Inventing the “screenreader” for VR: Owlchemy Lab’s Cosmonious Excessive 

For builders of digital actuality video games, there’s each cause to experiment with accessibility from the beginning, which is what the Owlchemy Labs staff did with Cosmonious Excessive, the 2022 launch of a enjoyable, first-person sport located in an inter-galactic highschool that one reviewer mentioned “has all of the allure and cheek of a great Nickelodeon children present.” And it reveals a number of the earliest approaches to accessibility in VR.

Peter Galbraith, Accessibility Engineer II, Owlchemy Labs

Jazmin Cano, Accessibility Product Supervisor II, Owlchemy Labs

Moderator James Rath, Filmmaker, Accessibility Advocate and Gamer

Audio Description the Pixar Means

AI-driven, artificial audio description might have a spot in some types of accessible video content material, however the artistry of the fully human-produced audio descriptions Pixar produces for its productions set a inventive customary no AI will ever attain, and that’s all for the great. Meet members of the Pixar staff behind excellence in audio descriptions.

Eric Pearson, Residence Leisure Supervisor, Pixar

Anna Capezzera, Director, Audio Description Operations, Deluxe

Laura Put up, Voice Actress

Christina Stevens, Writing Supervisor, Deluxe

Moderator Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast

Seeing AI and the New AI

Microsoft’s vastly fashionable Seeing AI is without doubt one of the apps that seems to do all of it, from studying paperwork to recognizing individuals and issues. These providers are enabled by Microsoft’s quickly advancing cloud-based AI techniques. How is Seeing AI advancing with these capabilities and what’s the future for Seeing AI?

Saqib Shaikh, Co-founder of Seeing AI, Microsoft

Moderator Larry Goldberg, Accessibility Sensei & Know-how Guide

Accessibility Is AI’s Greatest Problem: How Alexa goals to make it fairer for everybody

Good dwelling expertise, like Alexa, has been one of many greatest boons lately for people who find themselves blind, and for individuals with disabilities altogether. Voice expertise and AI assist empower individuals in some ways, however one impediment stands in its method: making it equitable. On this session, be taught from Amazon about how they’re approaching the problem forward.

Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility, Gadgets & Companies, Amazon

Josh Miele, Principal Accessibility Researcher, Amazon

Caroline Desrosiers, Founder & CEO, Scribely

Fingers on with Seleste

Fast advances in telephones, information networks and {hardware} miniaturization all the time appear to be converging on the idea of that tremendous helpful, reasonably priced, unobtrusive assistive system. Seleste plans to launch later this 12 months with a pair of tech-enabled glasses that mark an vital waypoint on that journey.

Shubh Mittal, Founder, Seleste

Smit Patel, Co-Founder, Seleste

Moderator, Jennison Asuncion, Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism, LinkedIn

Fingers on with ARx

Like Seleste, ARx is a lately launched system designed to reap the benefits of the expertise tech platforms that encompass on a regular basis life with a non-public, minimally seen, head-mounted system. Each the Seleste and ARx leaders will talk about what they’ve discovered in the midst of growing and testing their units.

Charles Leclerq, CEO, ARx Imaginative and prescient

Moderator, Lucy Greco, Digital accessibility skilled and guide

What’s Subsequent with StellarTrek

The place Seleste and ARx are newcomers to assistive units, Humanware is a extremely revered, established participant whose new StellarTrek additionally takes highly effective benefit of expertise advances but in addition components methods with the newcomers with regards to expertise structure and kind components.

Louis-Philippe Massé, Vice President of Product Innovation and Applied sciences, Humanware

Peter Tucic, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Humanware

Moderator, Sam Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist, Fable

The Issues with AI 

Regardless of the beautiful advances in AI over the previous decade, the so-called “deep studying” AI expertise prevalent immediately has under-appreciated limitations and even poses societal risks. Our audio system are world-renowned AI specialists and AI “dissenters” who imagine we want an AI that’s each extra accountable and higher capable of produce frequent sense outcomes.

David Ferrucci, Founder & CEO, Elemental Cognition

Gary Marcus, Founder and Govt Chairman, Sturdy AI

Moderator, Ned Desmond, Founder and Govt Producer, Sight Tech World

Did Laptop Imaginative and prescient AI Simply Get Worse or Higher?

The flexibility of assistive tech units to acknowledge objects, faces and scenes is a sort of AI referred to as Laptop Imaginative and prescient, which requires constructing huge databases on photographs labeled by people to coach AI algorithms. A brand new approach referred to as “one-shot studying” learns dramatically sooner as a result of the AI trains itself on photographs throughout the web. No human supervision wanted. Is that a good suggestion?

Danna Gurari, Asst. Professor, Founding Director, Picture & Video Computing group, College of Colorado Boulder

Moderator, Cecily Morrison, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Analysis Cambridge

What Waymo Realized on the DOT Inclusive Design Problem 

Waymo participated within the U.S. Division of Transportation Inclusive Design Problem, and emerged with quite a few accessibility classes and options that can assist Waymo’s autonomous rides supply individuals with disabilities higher service. Waymo’s staff remains to be processing all they discovered.

Lauren Schwendimann, UX Design Lead & Supervisor, Waymo

Jeffrey Colon, Director of Entry Know-how, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Moderator, Mike Could, Chief Evangelist, Goodmaps

Don’t neglect to register for this free, digital occasion.

We’re grateful to present sponsors iSenpai, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, Humanware, Microsoft, Ford, Fable, APH and Waymo. If you want to sponsor the occasion, please contact us. All sponsorship revenues go to the nonprofit Vista Middle for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has been serving the Silicon Valley group for 75 years.

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