Treviranus, Butler and Fruchterman to talk at Sight Tech International

By | November 10, 2020


Sight Tech Global goes dwell the week after Thanksgiving on December 2-3, and now’s the time to pick up a free pass! The agenda for this virtual, global event on AI-related expertise and accessibility for people who find themselves blind or visually impaired simply retains getting higher.

In the present day we’re delighted to announce two new classes in addition to our host for Sight Tech International, Will Butler, a vice-president at Be My Eyes and host to the favored Be My Eyes and 13 Letters podcasts. Butler will run the Sight Tech International digital “desk,” the place he’ll supply a operating commentary on the classes in addition to introduce audio system and moderators. Be My Eyes can be the attendee-support companion for Sight Tech International, and volunteers shall be standing by to help anybody who has questions throughout the occasion.

Butlers joins a number of TechCrunch moderators for classes on the occasion, together with Matthew Panzarino, Megan Rose Dickey, Kirsten Korosec, and Devin Coldewey.

Listed below are the 2 new panels on the agenda:

AI, Equity and Bias: What technologists and advocates have to do to make sure that AI helps as a substitute of harms folks with disabilities

Whereas it’s clear that AI-based applied sciences like pure language processing and laptop imaginative and prescient are highly effective instruments to assist with accessibility, there are additionally areas the place AI applied sciences inject bias towards folks with disabilities by contrasting them towards “norms” established in databases. This panel will have a look at examples of the place that’s occurring – in employment software program, advantages willpower and even self-driving automobiles, for instance, – and approaches that can assist deal with these points from the bottom up.

Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Analysis Heart

Lydia Brown, Coverage Counsel, Privateness and Knowledge Venture

Moderator, Jim Fruchterman, Founder, Benetech

Inventors invent: Three new takes on assistive expertise

Inventors have lengthy been impressed to use their genius to serving to blind folks. Consider innovators like Louis Braille and Ray Kurzweil, to call simply two. In the present day’s formidable pioneers have a budget sensors, excessive pace knowledge networks, and knowledge and compute “within the cloud” to do greater than ever earlier than. On this session, three founders current merchandise which have simply or will quickly enter manufacturing that they consider will enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Keith Kirkland, Wayband

Khartik Mahadevan, Envision Glasses

Andres Forsland, Cognixion

Moderator, Ned Desmond

Sight Tech International is a manufacturing of the non-profit  Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has served folks on the San Francisco Bay space for 75 years. All proceeds from the occasion, which is run totally by volunteers, go on to assist the Vista Heart’s work with blind and low imaginative and prescient folks. We’re very grateful for the sponsors who’re backing Sight Tech International, together with Waymo, Salesforce, Mojo Imaginative and prescient, Ford, Vispero, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Comcast, accessiBe, Eyedaptic, APH, Humanware, Verizon Media and TechCrunch. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 


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