Posted by: crudbasher | February 8, 2010

Realtime Language Translation on the Horizon

  • tags: disruptive, technology

    • GOOGLE is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly
    • Like a professional human interpreter, the phone would analyse “packages” of speech, listening to the speaker until it understands the full meaning of words and phrases, before attempting translation.
    • “If you look at the progress in machine translation and corresponding advances in voice recognition, there has been huge progress recently.”

This is one of those pieces of technology that will just blast massive holes in current Education models.  Why can’t I take a cheap online physics class from someone in China or India? Right now that is because I can’t speak their languages.  Pretty soon that won’t be a problem anymore.  Not only that, but people in developing countries will be able to take classes from America. I doesn’t matter if they don’t get credit for them, but this can radically change the way education takes place around the world.  This gets an Awesome!

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  1. No way! That would be an incredible service, wouldn’t it? I am already loving that I can instantly translate any webpage and blog into my language. Yet another way technology is breaking down all barriers to communication.

  2. That is so cool. This could have such a positive impact on the world as a whole. I can’t wait to see how this develops.

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