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With Virtual Volunteer, Be My Eyes Bets Big On ChatGPT And Chatbots Redefining Accessible Software

Steven Aquino
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Steven covers accessibility and assistive technology.


Mar 20, 2023,05:12pm EDT|

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Be My Eyes announced the new ChatGPT-powered Virtual Volunteer functionality.

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When I sat down with Microsoft’s Jenny Lay-Flurrie earlier this month, a hot topic of our conversation was the potential of AI-enhanced chatbots as an assistive technology. She shared a personal anecdote of her teenage daughter, who has autism and ADHD, using the new ChatGPT-powered Bing search engine to help her in recently writing an essay on why her school should offer sign language classes. These chatbots, Flurrie said, have the ability to alleviate points of friction associated with motor and cognitive load—especially for a neurodivergent person, where classic methods of research could prove unwieldy and overwhelming.

“[AI chatbots] collate so much information for you very, very quickly. It can save a lot of time,” Flurrie told me of chatbots’ potential to transform accessibility for disabled people. “If you think about [...]

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