Stephen Hawking both warned about and benefited from artificial intelligence.
Despite his fears artificial intelligence might one day overtake humanity, Stephen Hawking knew from his own life how profoundly AI could improve humans' daily lives.
A computer-generated voice was essential to Hawking’s participation in the world around him.
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You can probably hear Hawking's famously computer-generated voice in your head. His example showed tech as a tool that enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to the world.
Trinity College Dublin
Robots could free human carers to focus on the more personal parts of the job.
Costs of transportation and accessibility are just two factors that increase cost of living for persons with disabilities.
Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don't account for that.
Will AI take over the world or lead to a bright future for humanity?
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Not everyone agrees on how artificial intelligence will change the way we live. But it's not all doom and gloom either.
Latching springs provide a boost.
Yun Seong Song et al (2017)
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
The platform videogame played by competitors using a brain-computer interface.
After the Paralympics comes the Cybathlon, where disabled athletes use bionics to compete.
Testing new ways to navigate a complicated world.
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People with disabilities are often disappointed with their devices' performance, and choose not to use them. To encourage innovation, a new competition tests assistive technologies.
RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO.
The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
Early days yet…
We live in a visual world and build environments that rely heavily on visual perception. Want to find somewhere? You look on a map or read a road sign. Perhaps the GPS on your touch screen smartphone can…