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Meet Amara: Jana, Margarita, Allison, & Jenny

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    ♪ (playful music) ♪
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    (laughter)
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    Hi, I'm Jana.
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    I manage the Accounting and HR functions.
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    My name is Margarita.
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    I work as a Software Tester with Amara.
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    Most likely table tennis or cycling
    to one of our local beautiful beaches.
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    I like cooking.
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    And also, I do some volunteer work.
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    Reading.
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    Reading.
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    Reading an interesting book.
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    (chuckles) I have six dogs.
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    They're all rescued,
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    so I play a lot with my dogs.
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    I have a peace lily
    that I've had for years.
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    This is Lily Tomlin, no relation.
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    Just connecting with our audience.
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    Just to make somebody's life
    a little bit easier just for that moment
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    that they're reading
    my support article or whatever it is.
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    At the end of the project,
    when I'm actually delivering,
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    let's say, a completed video
    with some captions and subtitles,
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    that actually makes me feel
    like, really, really fulfilled,
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    like, "Oh, now we have
    more videos out there
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    that have captions and subtitles,
    more people will be able to access it."
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    Absolutely the people.
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    Everyone's interest in
    making the world better truly
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    is just unbelievable.
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    Everybody has this thing
    that somehow is motivated
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    by the overall mission of Amara,
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    which is actually to provide accessibility
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    and also use their skills
    to share information with others.
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    It's a special culture,
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    there's not much of a top-down hierarchy.
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    It's really a cooperative effort.
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    We're all very spread
    geographically and in time
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    but we always find time for each other.
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    (chuckles) I'm only fluent in English
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    but I'm learning
    American Sign Language, Russian.
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    My spouse's family is
    from the former Soviet Union,
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    so I'd like to be able to speak to
    the other generations in that family.
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    English, Spanish, as my native language.
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    My native language is Russian
    and I use English for work.
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    Cantonese, a little bit of Mandarin.
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    I have also learned some Spanish,
    German and Chinese.
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    French and a little bit of Arabic.
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    I speak English and about
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    this much Spanish.
    (laughter)
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    Either 2010 or 2013?
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    2006?
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    2001?
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    Yeah, no, I don't know.
    (chuckles)
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    2010.
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    That's when the first prototype
    was created.
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    I witnessed it,
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    I was volunteering with Amara back then.
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    That everyone has the same opportunity
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    being able to understand
    the world through video
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    and through the captioning
    and translation that we do,
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    and that other people do,
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    no limits.
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    It means a lot.
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    I have a cochlear implant,
    and they are hearing aid.
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    Without them, I cannot hear
    practically anything at all
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    and with them, it is okay
    in one-to-one personal conversations
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    but not so nice
    when you use something technical,
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    when you're watching videos,
    or talk over the phone,
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    so subtitles mean a great deal.
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    Accessibility to me starts with empathy.
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    A lot of my friends, actually,
    don't speak English,
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    so being able to help
    to make a lot of the information
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    that I have helped
    to subtitle into Spanish,
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    if I can share it with some
    of my friends back in Venezuela,
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    or my family, or my mom,
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    it feels really good.
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    Acceptance and...
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    I mean, the world
    is in such a difficult place.
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    Communicating, you know,
    just communicating.
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    When we work every day
    with so many people
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    from so many other countries,
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    you just realize people are different
    but the same, from all over.
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    I think there's a lot
    of untapped potential
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    for this tool to be used
    by other types of users.
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    Transcription is a great opportunity
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    for people who have vision problems
    to find employment.
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    I really hope to see this happen.
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    Using AI to generate
    subtitles and captions,
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    you know, that has been
    on the rise for the last few years
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    and there has been a lot of humor
    and a lot of mistakes,
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    and that definitely highlights
    how important people are
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    to the process of language in any form.
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    I'm hoping that the way
    that we treat people,
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    and the way that we put
    their experience first,
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    and their abilities first,
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    will be noticed
    and that that will inspire
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    other people to say
    that it's not impossible to do that.
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    English captions by
    Jenny Lam-Chowdhury
Title:
Meet Amara: Jana, Margarita, Allison, & Jenny
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