Microsoft unveils new AI tools to boost tech accessibility
By Shannon Williams
Microsoft Ability Summit
Microsoft has announced several new artificial intelligence tools and advancements in a bid to enhance tech accessibility.
The tools were unveiled at the tech giant's 13th annual Microsoft Ability Summit. The digital event was joined by the company's CEO, Satya Nadella, and policy leaders, such as the US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, along with 20,000 attendees from 100 countries to discuss the future of inclusion.
"AI has been a big topic this year as we find ourselves at a historic intersection of opportunity and responsibility to the world around us," says Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer.
"AI has the potential to enhance human cognitive abilities in thinking, reasoning, learning and communication, but the evolution of AI also comes with great responsibility and must incorporate and address a broad range of diverse human needs, barriers, capabilities and experiences.
"Accessible technology is a fundamental building block that can unlock opportunities in every part of society and empower people across the spectrum of disability," she says.
"But it’s not just about technology. We are committed to tackling the disability divide and learning through our technology led strategy with three additional pillars, [...]