Using a Screen Reader as a Proxy “AI Assistant”

I spent a good month experimenting with my Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone set in “eyes free” mode. Instead of staring at the mini screen to surf the Web, read email or use my other favorite apps, a screen reader narrated the information and helped me navigate the screen. Speaking in a female voice generated by the built-in Google Text-to-Speech engine, it guides you by announcing what icon or menu item is active and what actions you can take next. The…