The Voice Interface in a Deaf World

Over the holidays, many people will add voice controlled assistants to their living room. Some will add an assistant to every room of their house, including their wall clock and microwave. I’m a huge fan of these devices and their potential for accessibility. I’m less concerned with how voice search is changing eCommerce (although my day job is based in such) and I don’t really care about people having ads trigger their devices. The realization I had recently was my inability to use such devices and how it will impact my use of technology in the coming years.

Left Behind

I’ve talked at length on my podcast about my troubles living with and coming to terms with my hearing loss. Since I was 10 its been known I would be traveling this path, hoping my hearing would hold out long enough to experience as much as I can before everything fades away. Now that I’m in my mid-30’s I’ve embraced my future and happy I can still hear what I can.

A Subtitle Life

My realization that voice controlled interfaces are passing me by was just the first of many tech “advancements” that will pass me by. As a podcast creator and aspiring YouTuber I would love to offer quality subtitles to my viewers. The importance of subtitles are so important in my life I would like to make sure my content is accessible to all.

The future is bright

The future of A.I. and machine learning could produce real world subtitles that are both easy and cheap to create and accurate. Current technologies are pitiful to say the least. When I priced what it would cost to pay for a person to create subs for my content, its cost prohibitive (anywhere from $50 — $150 per video).

Frugal technologist, opinionated & confused by life. General life evaluations through the lens of the open-source community.

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