Written by ForeignExchange Translations on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
No longer. In 2012, Microsoft announced significant progress towards a universal translator. Not only did they announce it, they demonstrated it:
One of the standouts phrases from Microsoft Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid's presentation: "We hope, within a few years, to break down the language barriers between people".
This sentiment was echoed by surgeon and technologist Steven Schwaitzberg when he presented a TED talk "A universal translator for surgeons". Here is the video:
It is amazing to watch these presentations and recognize the amazing progress that has been made. And it's fascinating to note that these advances are being pushed not by translation companies but by technology companies - Microsoft and IBM in these particular examples but Google is also hard at work on this.
So what do you think? Is the universal translator just around the corner?
[Hat tip to Lucia Kash!]
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