Good communication is important not just for those who can read, write, hear and talk. But for those who are considered deaf (cannot hear) and dumb (cannot speak). Here is one world where artificial intelligence could make a mighty contribution.
Humans Are Not Perfect – Bad Lip Reading
They will make mistakes or miss something that is important to good communication. These things happen. In a recent study testing human lip readers and artificial intelligence lip readers, humans were correct only 12% of the time. The AI lip reading robot was correct 50% of the time.
This achievement should not be seen as one lip is better than another. Nor should the addition of artificial intelligence lip readers be seen as an invasion on human territory. Rather, the inclusion of AI lip readers should be seen as a tool to help humans master their craft.
There Will Always Be a Need for Human Lip Readers
Human lip readers should not feel threatened by the advent of AI lip reading technology. As seen by their score, AI lip readers are not perfect either. Humans lip readers will always be needed to double check the information given by their artificial intelligence counterparts.
The weaknesses and vulnerabilities that come with AI will always need a human to make sure the communication is on track. The nuances that come with human communication are tricky. These are influenced by regional, cultural, religious and political influences, to name a few. A non-thinking, non-aware robot will miss a lot in these circumstances.
The Application of AI Lip Readers
There are numerous environments where artificial intelligence can make a contribution in this field. One example s the dubbing of silent movies. The artificial intelligence lip reader can do the hard, initial reading of an actor’s lips.
Then the human lip reader simply goes over their work and adds in whatever information was missed or cleans up the sentence structure or grammar. AI lip readers will allow their human counterparts to do other important tasks. Also, their inclusion will speed up the work so more similar projects can be tackled.
The very least AI lip readers can do is serve as robotic tutors to human lip readers. A human lip reader can analyze why the AI lip reader came to its conclusion. Compare with their own thinking the if they made a mistake, correct it and improve their ability.
Peaceful Co-existence is Possible
This situation is a prime example where artificial intelligence can co-exist in a professional environment. Not only can the former help the latter improve but it can fill a void. If a family cannot afford or there is no human lip reader available, then an AI alternative may step in and bring positive results.
In a world where supply and demand rules, AI lip readers may add to the supply tanks. Then meet the growing demand for lip reading services. They may also make lip reading services more affordable for those who do not have a lot of money.
Any way you look at it, artificial intelligence is a win-win in the lip-reading issue.