Go behind the scenes of Microsoft’s Seeing AI app with Brad Smith

How are today’s AI innovators building on the past? Microsoft President Brad Smith and Communications Director Carol Ann Browne traveled to Louis Braille’s childhood home in France to examine the history behind Braille’s centuries-old invention that made reading possible through touch. This recent journey, part of the Today in Technology series, ended at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA, with a demonstration of Seeing AI. The talking camera app, created for the blind and low vision community, “speaks what it sees,” says Anirudh Koul, a senior data scientist at Microsoft, and it uses the power of AI to make the visual world an auditory experience. Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program will continue to invest in ways cutting-edge technology like this can be used to better the lives of people with disabilities. To go behind the scenes of Seeing AI, visit Today in Technology.

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On his way into a meeting earlier this week, Gaviria collapsed. It was later reported that he had fainted as a result of low blood pressure probably caused by complications following recent open heart surgery.

A political rival, Senator Julian Gallo, quickly came to his rescue and revived him using resuscitation skills he learned as—irony alert—a FARC guerrilla. CPR applied by Gallo helped Gaviria regain consciousness, before another senator, who is also professional doctor, took over. Gaviria was taken to hospital and appears to have recovered.

Because some things will always be more important than politics.