In a world filled with sound, can you imagine a world without music—a world without dance?
Have you ever thought about how the hearing-impaired experience music?
BleeTech and Accenture Labs are enabling the hearing impaired to transform music into vibrations and dance in unison. The BleeWatch—a wearable device—was built using Accenture Labs research in artificial intelligence (AI), haptics (interaction involving touch) and wearables. The BleeWatch has a “Dance” feature that provides tactile feedback to the user through vibrations in sync with the beat of the music. A hearing-impaired user can put it on, feel the music transformed into vibrations and dance to the beat.
With AI growing in its reach throughout society, any business looking to capitalize on its potential must also acknowledge its impact. AI is much more than a technological tool, built to perform a specific task. It has grown to the point where it often has as much influence as the people putting it to use, both within and outside the company. For businesses, this means deploying AI is no longer just about training it to perform a given task. It’s about “raising” it to act as a responsible representative of the business, and a contributing member of society.
This year’s Accenture Technology Vision report highlights five emerging trends shaping the way technology is increasing businesses’ impact across society, including AI. The first trend, Citizen AI: Raising AI to Benefit Business and Society offers a new way of looking at the way businesses are investing in technology as a two-way street—for the betterment of business and society. The BleeWatch is just one example of how AI is improving the way the world works and lives.
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