June 2016 Archive

By Tim Powers on June 29, 2016

What the Porn Industry Can Teach Us About Accessibility

PornHub recently announced (safe for work link) that it was offering described video, or narrated sex scenes, for the blind. Described video or audio descriptions help blind viewers understand what is happening on television programs or films. Let’s remove the moral debate of pornographic movies and examine the actual motivation of making its videos more accessible to […]

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By Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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By Shunguo Yan on June 6, 2016

Improving Cognitive Computing with Human Interaction

With the advent of cognitive computing, two interesting questions arise: What role do humans play in the new era? How can a computer and humans work together to develop mutual trust to help solve the world’s most complicated problems? The true potential of a cognitive system is its powerful data analytics and statistical reasoning. However, […]

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