Monday, February 08, 2010

Google “translator phone” to enable real-time misunderstandings | Good Morning Silicon Valley

Check the full article for an update on Google’s plans

We know from science fiction that some kind of universal translator gadget will be as essential a part of our future as it is now to screenwriters (if the folks on the Enterprise had to start each episode without any idea of what the aliens were saying, it would be slow going indeed). The most amusing, and ultimately devastating, of these devices is the Babel fish from Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which “by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”

Google “translator phone” to enable real-time misunderstandings | Good Morning Silicon Valley

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