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How AI is helping blind people see the world in new ways

November 15, 2023


Imagine being able to explore the world with the help of a virtual assistant that can see, hear, and speak. That's the vision of Be My Eyes, a mobile app that connects users who are blind or have low vision to sighted volunteers or artificial intelligence.


Be My Eyes has recently partnered with OpenAI and Microsoft, to offer a new feature called the Virtual Volunteer. The Virtual Volunteer is powered by GPT-4, the latest and most advanced AI language model that can generate realistic and coherent text based on any input.


The Virtual Volunteer can do more than just read text or describe images. It can also answer questions, find information, give feedback, and even create new images based on the user's description. For example, a user can ask the Virtual Volunteer to help them write a thank-you note, translate a recipe, plan a trip, or design a logo. The Virtual Volunteer can also chat with the user using voice or images, making the interaction more natural and engaging.


The Virtual Volunteer is not meant to replace human volunteers, but to complement them and provide more options and flexibility for the users. Users can still choose to connect with a real person if they prefer, or switch between the two modes depending on their needs and preferences.

The Virtual Volunteer is a game-changer for the community of over 250 million people who are blind or have low vision, who often face barriers and challenges in accessing information and services. With the help of AI, they can now enjoy more independence, creativity, and fun in their daily lives.


Be My Eyes and the Virtual Volunteer are examples of how AI can make a positive difference in the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. They are also examples of how humans and AI can work together to create more accessible and inclusive solutions. To learn more about Be My Eyes and the Virtual Volunteer, you can visit their website or check out the below source article. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of the latest news in artificial intelligence!


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