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AI gave Stephen Hawking the ability to communicate, despite his fears of the tech
For the past two years, the SwiftKey team has collaborated with the bestselling author and Intel to make it easier for him to write and communicate. Professor Hawking has motor neurone disease and as such is only able to communicate by using a small sensor which is activated by a muscle in his cheek. That means that the time and effort Professor Hawking requires to type is significantly reduced, allowing for a much easier, speedier experience for him. The software learns from him to ensure it predicts contextually relevant words. It is also able to analyze the content of the specific book or lecture that he might be working on, further tailoring its predictions and autocorrections.
Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in Moore noticed that Hawking's computer, which he used to communicate, had an AMD processor and asked him if he preferred instead a "real computer" with an Intel micro-processor. Intel has been providing Hawking with customized PCs and technical support since then, replacing his computer every two years. In the hospital, he was put on a ventilator. His condition was critical. The doctors asked Hawking's then-wife, Jane, whether they should turn off the life support. She vehemently refused.
Stephen Hawking. A tablet computer mounted on the arm of my wheelchair is powered by my wheelchair batteries, although the tablets internal battery will keep the computer running if necessary.
Professor Stephen Hawking in , 30 years after he was told he likely only had a couple of years to live. When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS in , few thought he would live more than a couple of years. At the time he was diagnosed, Professor Hawking asked a question often posed when people are diagnosed with a terminal illness — why me? He wrote about this in his memoir, My Brief History. But Professor Hawking lived decades longer than he, or many medical experts, expected that he would. Professor Hawking had just turned 21 when he was diagnosed with a very rare slow-progressing form of ALS, a form of motor neurone disease MND.