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  • [device beeping]

  • Tania: Hi, I am Tania.

  • This is my voice.

  • I use Morse code by putting dots and dashes

  • with switches mounted near my head.

  • As a very young child,

  • I used a communication word board.

  • I used a head stick to point to the words.

  • It was very attractive to say the least.

  • Once Morse code was incorporated into my life,

  • it was a feeling of pure liberation and freedom.

  • boy: See you later.

  • Love you.

  • Tania: I think that is why I like skydiving so much.

  • It is the same kind of feeling.

  • Through skydiving, I met Ken, the love of my life

  • and partner in crime.

  • Ken: It's always been very, very difficult

  • just to find Morse code devices,

  • to try Morse code.

  • Tania: This is why I had to create my own.

  • With the help from Ken, I have a voice

  • and more independence in my daily life.

  • But most people don't have Ken.

  • It is our hope that we can collaborate

  • with the Gboard team to help people who want to tap into

  • the freedom of using Morse code.

  • woman: Gboard is the Google keyboard.

  • What we have discovered working on Gboard is that

  • there are entire pockets of population in the world,

  • and when I say "pockets," it's, like,

  • tens of millions of people

  • who have never had access to a keyboard that works

  • in their own language.

  • With Tania, we've built support in Gboard for Morse code,

  • so it's an input modality that allows you to type

  • in Morse code and gets texts out

  • with predictions, suggestions.

  • I think it's a beautiful example of where machine learning

  • Can really assist someone in a way that a normal keyboard

  • without artificial intelligence wouldn't be able to.

  • Tania: I am very excited to continue on this journey.

  • Many, many people will benefit from this,

  • and that thrills me to no end.

  • [gentle music]

[device beeping]

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Tania’s Story: Morse code meets machine learning

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    Samuel posted on 2018/06/28
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