Digital closeness, a development where the technology crawls into our lifestyles and get to know us better than we know ourselves. It can bring us closer to people or even closer to ourselves. Technology came in our lives a couple of years ago. It had different kinds of forms but it never gets to us this close as is does know. Technology can improve our lives at individual, social, emotional and intellectual level. But can technology make humans smart?
What it is
Close your eyes and imagine that you can never open your eyes again. There are 350.000 people in The Netherlands that are blind or visually impaired (OogFonds (n.d). Some of these people have never seen the world. Microsoft has developed a couple of apps which helps blind people to ‘see’ the world around them. One of the apps is the Seeing AI. This app works through your mobile phone camera. It detects where it is point to and tells you in words what it is and how it looks like. The app has features as speech to text, describes the space around you and it recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions (Microsoft (n.d).
Why it is Cool
The AI technology gives blind people the opportunity to see through an extra pair of smart eyes. Seeing AI gives people deeper and more personalized knowledge about others. It shows you emotions which some people with eyes sometimes even not recognize. Which make the visually impaired people smarter than people who not use Seeing AI.
Why it has Future Growth Potential
Where the technology is not yet that far to give people sight again. Microsoft creates apps to make life easier and more attractive for blind people. For the Seeing AI app, they used artificial intelligence. AI is used for improving human skills even if they are not working and making our lives easier.
Seeing AI is an app which you can free download on your phone. For now, it is an app, but what if this technology can be implemented in a lens for example? Then is not only for visually impaired people anymore but for everyone who wants to have a pair of smart eyes. How do you think it would be if this kind of technology is available for anyone (or at least not visually impaired)?