San Jose Tests AI Translation Tool to Improve Access to Public Meetings

The city of San Jose is con­sid­er­ing expand­ing the use of an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence that is mak­ing City Coun­cil more acces­si­ble to non-native speak­ers, Julia Edinger in Gov­Tech.

“The tool was unveiled and first used at the April 16 coun­cil meet­ing; it pro­vides -time AI tran­scrip­tion in more than 50 lan­guages.” This pro­vides a valu­able in a city like San Jose, where 57 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion speaks some­thing oth­er than Eng­lish at home. Now, the city is col­lect­ing pub­lic feed­back about the ser­vice as it eval­u­ates oth­er uses, pri­mar­i­ly oth­er com­mu­ni­ty meet­ings.

San Jose leads a nation­wide coali­tion of munic­i­pal that “ aims to lead adop­tion of AI and use.”

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