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With artificial intelligence …a blind person running five kilometers alone

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A blind man managed to run five kilometers in Central Park, New York, without relying on a dog or human help, using only artificial intelligence via headphones placed in a smartphone.


Thomas Pannick believes that people are "born to run"

“The safest thing for a blind man is to stay where he is, but I don’t stay in my place,” said Thomas Panek, 50, who lost his sight in his early twenties due to a genetic condition and now runs a school for dogs used to help the blind.

The man, passionate about marathons, was tired of using slow dogs to guide him and decided about a year ago to find a way to run alone.

Banik, who believes that people are “born to run,” turned to Google to find a way to phone to “show him the way.”

The man collaborated with Google to create a search program. The smartphone’s camera captures a guideline drawn on the running track, and the app monitors the person’s location and provides him with audio instructions via the earphone.

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