Equitable voice technology is a non-negotiable, and yet, according to Stanford University’s FairSpeech project, all 5 of the leading speech recognition tools “misunderstood black speakers twice as often as white speakers”.
At SoapBox Labs, we take equity very seriously. Our aim has always been to build voice tech for kids that caters to the diversity of accents and dialects of say, a New York City K-6 classroom.
Giving every kid a voice-enabled tool that can accurately support their individual reading and English language learning journey, that’s equity.
Giving teachers assessment tools that can accurately assess individual kids at every stage of their reading and language journey, and prompt early intervention where necessary, that’s equity.
And that’s what equity means to SoapBox Labs.