Microsoft will pump USD 25 mn in technology to support people with disabilities
With the 'AI for Accessibility' program, Microsoft focuses on the more than one billion people worldwide with a disability.
Software giant Microsoft will invest USD 25 million in technology, knowledge and research grants for the coming five years to use artificial intelligence (AI) to support people with disabilities. In addition, these 'AI for Accessibility' innovations are built into the Microsoft cloud services, CEO Satya Nadella says during Build 2018, Microsoft 's annual developer conference in Seattle.
He also believes that he can improve health care and make society more inclusive. With the 'AI for Accessibility 'program, Microsoft focuses on the more than one billion people worldwide with a disability. Its three pillars are central: employment, connecting people and modern life. It offers technology, knowledge and research grants to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions.
It builds on recent improvements in cognitive services within Azure to help developers develop intelligent apps that support people with limited hearing or vision support. Examples include 'real-time' speech-to-text transcription, visual recognition services and the AI-tool Hepicto.
In the field of healthcare, Microsoft has also added new cognitive services to Azure, such as a voice service that makes it easier for developers to connect voice recognition, text-to-speech, and translations to their applications. According to the software giant, Azure also becomes 'the best place to create speech AI experiences', including chatbots that can provide richer dialogues, more personality, and specific voting choices, allowing companies to choose the chatbot that best suits them.