AI for Good Shows Promise to Enhance Work Accessibility – Peatworks

AI for Good Shows Promise to Enhance Work Accessibility

Scott Michael Robertson, PhD2020-09-15T16:14:54+00:00Published: September 14th, 2020|

Rapid technological change and fresh thinking now fuel the development of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software applications in industries across America and other countries worldwide. These software applications could help to increase access to job opportunities in high-growth fields, mitigate systemic barriers, and foster inclusion.

This theme especially resonates in 2020 as we commemorate 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the upcoming 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Technology has rapidly transformed our society during this period, including through the growth of the Internet, expanded wireless communications, and widespread use of mobile devices. The next 30 years can carry forth more technological achievements to further the ADA’s goals for equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.

In the early to mid-2000s, I had the opportunity to explore AI during my undergraduate and graduate studies in computer science and human-computer interaction (HCI). For my capstone master’s project, I helped develop a prototype for the teacher’s interface for an intelligent tutoring program.

My teammates and I conducted user research on how K-12 teachers approached their instructional activities [...]

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