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Products are increasingly being designed to talk to consumers, explains Dr. Abraham Glasser, assistant professor in the School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health. Cars invite drivers to ask for directions, and devices such as Alexa and Google Assistant are meant to chat about the weather, recipes, and other topics. 鈥淚t is adding more and more barriers for people who don鈥檛 use speech,鈥 says Glasser, who is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL). 鈥淭here is no way for me to input sign into that.鈥

Glasser offered his perspective as part of the panel, during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), February 15-17, in Denver, Colorado. Moderated by Dr. Shelley B. Brundage of George Washington University, who organized the session with Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner of the University of Maryland, it also included researchers looking at the problems this technology poses for people who stutter, mumble, or have other kinds of speech impediments.

A group of five people stand together beneath a large screen with text that reads, "I'm Sorry, I Don't Understand: How Voice AI Poses Barriers 鈥 and Some Solutions."
Dr. Abraham Glasser (far right) appeared on the panel at the AAAS meeting with other researchers considering how voice assistants can be made for accessible for all. In the top photo (credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video), he is presenting on the importance of sign recognition technology.

鈥淭he moderator was good at connecting all of our work into one cohesive story,鈥 says Glasser, whose presentation was titled, “Voice AI, Deaf Speech, and the Search for Signed Language AI Interfaces.” 鈥淲e want technology that works for all people, and all of us had common issues.鈥 A major flaw with the technology is that it cannot recognize a range of different voices. 鈥淪ome deaf people speak for themselves, but it doesn鈥檛 understand deaf accents and speech,鈥 Glasser adds.

Glasser is looking into other methods of input, and collecting data on what deaf people want from this technology. 鈥淭hey need to find ways for me to sign everything,鈥 he says. He believes that AI that understands ASL (and other sign languages) is possible, and that it is critical to be thinking about how to make that happen.

鈥淟ooking at the audience, I saw a lot of light bulbs coming on,鈥 Glasser says. 鈥淥ften companies don鈥檛 consider people with disabilities at all.鈥

Glasser also appeared March 16 at the conference in Orlando, Florida. His presentation, 鈥淴R Research Avenues for Deaf Users,鈥 was part of on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Transparency, and Ethics in XR.

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