Talking to Léonie Watson about computer vision and blindness

I recent­ly had the plea­sure of talk­ing to Léonie Wat­son for a sec­tion on the rehab Tech Talks pod­cast which I co-present for the com­pa­ny I work for. Léonie works with The Paciel­lo Group on web stan­dards acces­si­bil­i­ty, and I’ve met her on a hand­ful of occa­sions through con­fer­ences that she attends and speaks at. She is also com­plete­ly blind, hav­ing lost her sight as an adult due to com­pli­ca­tions of dia­betes (I high­ly rec­om­mend her per­son­al account of how it hap­pened, Los­ing Sight).

As our pod­cast top­ic was com­put­er vision—extracting seman­tic data from pho­tos and video using machine learning—I was keen to find out how this could help peo­ple with impaired vision. I was absolute­ly amazed and delight­ed by what I learned, and I want­ed to share this extract from our con­ver­sa­tion.

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