Although it is commonly used for bad purposes, the AI She can be a great ally at work. Also, in personal relationships. That is, at least, what Brenda Ochoa and LeRoy Romero have managed to demonstrate, a couple who did not see distance as a barrier to getting to know each other. Neither does the language.
As detailed in the New York Times, who has picked up the story, Ochoa and Romero met thanks to a mutual friend, who set them up on a blind date. Ochoa lives in Mexicali, a city near the Mexico-United States border. Romero, for his part, lives in Arizona, and they speak Spanish and English respectively; something that, we reiterate, was not an impediment to getting to know each other thanks to AI.
Ochoa and Romero decided to meet in person, and Romero traveled to Mexicali to have a first date in which They used Google Translate to understand each other. The 45-year-old American says NYT that this allowed them not to have “all that useless talk” that is had on the first date. “I felt like it was nice,” she says.
After the first date, Romero drove four hours back home and realized that there was a way to communicate with Ochoa in a much more precise way: using AI, and more specifically a tool powered by artificial intelligence that he used at work: Captions.
Captions and other AI tools to eliminate the language barrier
One of the most interesting features of Captions is the possibility of imitating natural voices and the movements of users’ lips when translating videos into other languages. Both Romero and Ochoa could use it to each speak their own language and later translate their voice using AI so that they both understand each other.
This, furthermore, It is not the only AI-powered application that both Romero and Ochoa use to communicate when they are remote. The couple used different platforms. He even bought headphones for simultaneous translation so he could understand in real time what his Mexican girlfriend was saying when they spoke on the phone or video call.
The only time Romero did not use any AI tools, details the New York Times, was when he called Ochoa’s grandmother to ask for her approval. He, well, she wanted to propose marriage to what was already his current partner.
The two plan to get married this summer in Mexicali, and both Ochoa and Romero are learning their respective languages to leave behind the use of AI.