Google is launching a new initiative to make speech technology more accessible to those with disabilities. It’s called Project Euphonia, and it incorporates a wide array of research directions, alongside collaborations with nonprofits and volunteers. The biggest focus of Euphonia will be collecting more voice data from people with impaired speech. This is intended to remedy the problem of AI bias created by limited training data. Because speech software like Google Assistant is built to respond to the majority of voices, it doesn’t work for those in the minority such as people with voice impairments.
To fix this, Google is asking people around the world to submit their voice sample. It hopes by collecting this data it can improve its algorithms, eventually integrating the updates into Google Assistant and the company is working on new interactive AI systems that recognize actions like gestures and facial expressions. That would mean people with severe disabilities who cannot speak at all could also use technology like smart home speakers and lights.
At I/O, the company also unveiled a prototype app called Live Relay, which uses on-device speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion to help anyone who can’t hear or speak hold a phone conversation.
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