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ChatGPT Can Now Read Messages Aloud to Improve Access for Users with Vision Loss

A new feature introduced by OpenAI for ChatGP allows users to have their conversations with AI (Artificial Intelligence) read aloud on both iOS and Android apps and with the web version. This follows the recent move where ChatGPT with voice became free of charge for everyone. As noted in a previous issue of this Bulletin, ChatGPT, an AI tool, has been used for writing projects, to analyze images, and more. The “Read Aloud” feature originated from a collaboration with BeMyEyes, a not-for-profit organization that connects people who are blind or visually impaired with volunteers who are sighted to help with everyday tasks. This partnership brought “valuable insights and feedback from users” to allow OpenAI to tailor their offerings to better meet “the needs of diverse communities.” For example, screen readers and other devices may have trouble with multiple items on an online shopping list. With this new feature, users can take a screenshot of their cart and ask ChatGPT about it, making shopping “easier and more accessible.” For more details, read the MS Power User piece describing how Chat GPT Can Now Read Aloud the Messages and the Forbes article announcing that Inside OpenAI’s Just-Launched ‘Read Aloud’ Feature And How AI Can Be Accessible Too.