Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speech at Facebook Campus - Facebookで講演

I've been keeping in touch with social media, even though I am a blind with no sense of light. I self-tought how to use PC and smartphone when I lost my eyesight in hospital.

Then, the opportunity arose, delivered a speech regarding to accessibility for services provided by Facebook, such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and others. With some help by friends to send dump files and screen crashes and behaviours when using these apps over time, some folks at facebook caught there are a blind person with no sense of light like me, trying to share photos and documenting my life, the ux team contact me to see if I'm interested in sharing how I use facebook and instagram without seeing at all!

The whole presentation, not limited of 1-hour speech in front of attendees but onover 1-hour in front of camera, I praised Automatic Alternative Text that adds captions for each photos uploaded on Facebook AUTOMATICALLY, which none of providers of the operating system for smartphones haven't got this far, thought they are trying but doing terrible job, this will not only benefit blind people, but the rest of people who can tag search by automatic tagging texting, if Facebook can come up with how to opt-out for those who wants to control privacy and unwanted to auto-scan their data and tagged.

This is the perfect example of so-called "Inclusive Designing" that the feature may work for a small handful mumber of people (the blind, in this case) but it may be beneficial to the rest of us out there! 

I hope my conclusion for my speech made sense that we are not looking for neither "Bareer Free" nor "Universal Design" but what we need is to "Includesiveness" by this society and access to technology. Barrier free might help people with lack of fingers and arms or control of body access but swiping or tapping would not let them get anything done, so we are just talking to solution, not how to make use of it much. Moreover, it's impossible to make anything "Universal" as I wonder how many developers, including many that claims "Tested by blind people" actually blindfolded and use the app? It's nearly mpossible to tap the icon on screen but swipe to find links and objects. I believe only visually impaired who can still see tested but really blind guys with no sense of light is excluded for testing because with assistive technology, finger strokes will totally be replaced and we use up to 4 fingers to do the same tasks normal users can do with one or two fingers.
Facebook is trying to "Include" the people by spreading internet access to the third nations. However, there are so many people in the first nations who can't get benefits from the power of internet due to the accessibility issues. I hope Facebook will keep focusing on making the service not for the majority of people who are productive and influencial, but the same access for the rest of us, no matter what disabilities and challenges we have and we may encounter with!

Facebookの本社に呼ばれて、講演させていただきました。数日間、色々な方とお話をすると、実際に視覚障害者、特に全盲の人々が、どのような機能を使って、PCやスマートホンを使っているのか、よく知られていないまま、開発されているのを、目の当たりにしました。
以前からFacebookの技術で感銘を受けていたのに、自動で画像を解析して、タグ付けしてくれ、スクリーンリーダーユーザーのみ音声で読み上げてくれる機能があります。リソース的に余裕が出たら、自動タグ付けで、写真の管理がより楽になる機能になると思いました。ただ、どこまで自動でタグ付けさ赤れるか、プライバシーへの配慮は必要でしょうね。

結局、全盲でも写真を撮り、FacebookやInstagramに投稿するのを実践すると合わせて、今後は昨日だけつけて、実際に動作するところまでは関与しないバリアフリーでもなく、ユニバーサル対応で、みんなまとめて対処しようとせず、今求められているのは、インクルーシブデザイン、いわゆる、画像自動テキストの昨日のように、視覚障害者のために開発した機能が、アップルやグーグルが写真管理やサーチエンジンで試みようとしているよりも強力なツールとして、健常者を含むみんなのための技術に育ってくれること、そして私のような障害者、そして他の障害や体の不自由な人たちにも、そしてインターネットの技術が届いていない国にも、分け隔てなく最適なサービスを提供していただければ、本望です。

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Something On My Head

The green drink called Chomeiso or "Long Life Grass" on my way to San Francisco!
景気付けに、アルコールが飲めない私に出してくれたのは、長命草という青汁っぽい飲み物。姿勢どの製品だから、美容と健康にいいはず。お肌すべすべになるかなぁ。