On 16 November, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Österreichischer Behindertenrat hosted and event on “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility - Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities”. The aim was to fully explore the potential of emerging technologies. It focused on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and aimed to debate and promote a universal design approach in their development, supporting enhanced accessibility for persons with disabilities.
The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon, My Handicap and Essl Foundation.
Pilar Orero (UAB) presented EasyTV Project as an example of personalization and how AI could go beyond when designing interaction to TV content. At the end of the event input was collected from the more than 100 participants towards a new report on emerging technologies describing the opportunities, challenges and risks that these new technologies may entail for persons with disabilities, in which several ICT players have contributed with interviews.