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Road Trip 2016
Google Translate and the refugee who wants to be Justin BieberCNET senior reporter Richard Nieva traveled to Greece to see firsthand the role tech is playing in the refugee crisis. He discovered just how powerful a translation app can be. This video is part of Life, Disrupted: a special CNET report on tech and the...
[MUSIC] You know in English? Playing cards, playing. Google Translate was big. I was talking to this 15 year old kid. He didn't really speak any English and so when we kind of stumbled in our conversation he pulled out his phone. Opened up to Google, translate app. And we're talking using the translate app, and I described it as we were passing it back and forth like a digital talking stick. One of the things that they're really coming up against is just boredom. They're just waiting. So anything they can do to Kind of entertain themselves, I think is a huge plus. [MUSIC] I asked one of the refugees I had met, he was sitting in front of the wall. I asked him if we could come in and Take a look around, then he said yes. We saw a bunch of the tents, they were all lined up against, they were close to the fence. And one of the tents had a few clothes, a bag of food, and a flashlight, a keychain flashlight that was serving as the lamp to light the entire room. It was insane to see [MUSIC] What people say their daily lives are like there. [MUSIC] There's a a very eye opening trip. I met some of the nicest people I've ever met in the refugees. Will hopefully keep in touch with some fo them. Would be nice to check back in, in a couple months or even a year just to see Where they landed, what happened. It's been valuable to see how tech is being used in these really dire situations. Not just by people in San Francisco or Silicon Valley. It's a big [UNKNOWN] world out there. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]