The blind woman developing tech for the good of others – BBC News

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

By Virginia Harrison
BBC News, Singapore

Published
7 December 2018

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Image caption, Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research

An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired.

"When I started out there was no assistive technology," Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says.

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