War Stories: My Journey From Blindness to Building a Fully Conversational User Interface
Chris Maury

From a different perspective: as a college faculty member, I have noticed (as have my colleagues) an increasing reluctance among traditional students to communicate through speech, even in a face-to-face classroom. They are more comfortable typing than they are talking. The importance of projects like Chris’ for accessibility is much greater, of course, since it is a social justice issue. Still, the creeping loss of auditory/verbal skills reflects the overall contemporary prioritization of the visual to which Chris calls our attention. As burdens on everyone’s eyesight grow, so hopefully will our awareness of the crucial ethical role played by speaking and listening.

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