Dec 4, 2009

body embedded technology

lake song-kol above kochkor in the mountains
photo: basic words in kyrgyz, written up on a napkin, kept in back pocket for a trip.

language skills are essential. fluent english is a must, mandarin, spanish, japanese, german and others come as a plus.

how long until good enough autotranslation is integrated real time into any conversation via voice recognition, text-to-speech technologies (in the cloud) and invisible devices?

when can we expect such solutions becoming mainstream enough to render language skills as something nice-to-have, as opposed to must-have today?

having a voice recognizing device, connected to the cloud, invisibly and constantly available for you, also enable possible side effects, such as:
- all your conversations recorded for you in the cloud
- tweets, posts, status updates are born through dictation on-the-go
- you can ask your questions any time in any language, you will get the answer from Google instantly, read out for you, in your language. imagine the perspective for illiterate people.

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2 comments:

littleborka said...

its really farthinking! would be amazing! :)

Lez said...

While it's inevitable to have these devices in the future, it will open up lots of so-far-hidden aspects of life.
However, I hope this machine will have a feature for just helping out communication in a certain language. When you are talking in english and word doesn't come into your mind just whisper it on your native language and a few common translations will appear on a hidden screen. So that you can read and say that yourself. At the same time you can master the foreign language.

Or am I too idealistic thinking that people will have the intent to learn a foreign language when transparent translations are good enough?

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