Inside OpenAI's Just-Launched 'Read Aloud' Feature And How AI Can Be Accessibility Too

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Inside OpenAI’s Just-Launched ‘Read Aloud’ Feature And How AI Can Be Accessible Too

Steven Aquino
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Mar 4, 2024,05:30pm EST

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OpenAI has added a new “Read Aloud” feature to iOS, Android, and the web.

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In a post shared on X on Monday, San Francisco-based OpenAI announced a new feature available for its iOS and Android apps that enables chats be read aloud to users. It’s also available on the web.

In an interview with me late last week ahead of the announcement, Joanne Jang, who leads product for model behavior at OpenAI, explained the company has been thinking about accessibility for some time. She pointed to a feature released about a year ago which let people use images as input and ask questions about it, telling me “we knew the technology would be powerful, but we didn’t really understand all the ways in which it could be used by the world.” OpenAI, Jang said, approached the team at Be My [...]

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