CEO explains how leapfrogging technology can help companies targeting the blind community

The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) has prompted numerous companies to invest in technology and use it to improve their products and services.

One CEO outlined how this “leap in technology” will help companies “better perform their services”.

“However, what the AI ​​promises to do is solve these challenges faster, not just for the blind community, but also for these companies that target blind and other consumers. So what we see is like a leap in technology that companies will just help them run their services better,” Mike Buckley, CEO of Be My Eyes, said on “The Claman Countdown” Wednesday.

Within the automotive, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries, companies have been gradually adopting AI technology as it opens up a promising new frontier.


Buckley’s company, Be My Eyes, is a mobile app for the visually impaired that has launched a new digital visual assistant tool. The tool, Virtual Volunteer, is powered by OpenAI’s new ChatGPT-4, which uses AI to help the blind see.

“We have half a million blind and visually impaired people on the platform and more than 6 million volunteers serving them. We also work with clients such as Microsoft, Spotify, P&G and Barilla to improve their customer service and accessibility,” said Buckley.

Earlier this week, Chat GPT-4 made its public debut, making the new version of the AI ​​chatbot available to ChatGPT Plus paying users and as an API for developers looking to build applications and services.

The new version will benefit count more to create increasingly sophisticated and capable language models. GPT-4 can generate, edit and repeat creative and technical writing tasks with users. Most notably, the new model can respond to images as well as text.

“What we see is like a leap in technology that will help companies simply perform their services better.”

– Mike Buckley, CEO of Be My Eyes

GPT-4 can generate captions, classify and analyze the context of images. According to the research firm, it can also handle more than 25,000 words of text, enabling content creation, extended conversations, and document search and analysis.

“We look forward to GPT-4 becoming a valuable tool to improve people’s lives by powering many applications,” OpenAI wrote. “There is still much work to be done, and we look forward to improving this model through the collective community effort to build on, explore and contribute to the model.”

Be My Eyes uses the latest version of Chat GPT to specifically help serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired community.

“The work we’re doing now opening up AI in companies like Microsoft is to give the world’s 253 million blind and low-vision consumers access to their products and services.”

The tool helps convert images into text and gives blind or visually impaired people a new chance to gain more independence.


“The difference between GPT-4 and other language and machine learning models is both the ability to hold a conversation and the greater degree of analytical capability the technology provides,” said Jesper Hvirring Henriksen, CTO of Be My Eyes , in an OpenAI press. Tuesday off.

In addition to Be My Eyes, companies such as General Motors are also expanding products and services through AI integration.

According to reports, the Detroit, Michigan-based automaker plans to introduce ChatGPT, a popular artificial intelligence bot developed by OpenAI, and add an AI vehicle assistant for drivers.

CEO Mary Barra detailed the new initiatives for General Motors on “The Claman Countdown” Tuesday.

“Having an assistant and being able to really use a voice that’s clear enough to ask questions and get answers, I think that’s what the artificial intelligence will allow us to do,” Barra told host Liz Claman.

Reuters previously reported that the integration was part of the automobile manufacturer‘s partnership with Microsoft Corp., which announced earlier this year that it plans to invest $10 billion in OpenAI.


Buckley noted that some reports show that artificial intelligence is a $6 trillion opportunity globally as its application areas are almost limitless.

By incorporating AI, Buckley argued, companies will not only be able to grow their products and services, but will also gain the ability to help a wider range of customers.

Bradford Betz of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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