In times of Covid-19, social distancing and home quarantine, many people resort to meeting their people via (video or telephone) conferencing. You call your coworkers when you work from home, after work you have a with call with Aunt Amy, and later in the event you join your nerd group of friends that you play the latest boardgame with.
I don’t have a clue about virology or any of the medical stuff, but if I could give you one piece of advice in these times: do your peers a favor and use a headset.
To some people, especially the gamers, this might be the obvious way to do conference calls, but I noticed that even for my tech savvy colleagues this isn’t all that obvious.
I recently stumbled upon this talk by professional real-time captioner Mirabai Knight about why human captioning (still) matters:
I highly recommend watching the talk in its entirety. I found it super interesting and learned a lot. However, if you have only 5 minutes, I suggest watching starting at minute 10:38, which contains my personal highlight.
It’s not every day that I get to test an a11y app, that later became into a product. Google recently launched two apps to make the life of people who are deaf or hard of hearing easier: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.
I attended the 32c3 last year and watched the talk “Unpatchable“, a talk which is related to hacking medical devices. In this case it wasn’t hearing aids, but pacemakers. Interestingly, the speakers raised similar questions as I did in my talk at 28c3.
The questions being for example:
This device is part of my body, why do I not know what code is in it?
How can I trust that the device is not vulnerable from the outside?
Does a doctor have to tell me when he flashes the firmware or that the device is tracking my very personal data?
Agreeable, the consequences for patients wearing pace makers are more impactful than for patients wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants. However, I still found the talk worth watching, I hope you do too.
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