Welcome To The Future [Gif]

Submitted by: ElectricEye 2 years ago in Tech

It is already a feature on Google Glass.
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Male 12,365
[quote]So really you could stream any lecture, class or meeting to anyone, everywhere with instant translation... pretty epic![/quote]

Automatic translation is adequate for usually getting a decent sense of the meaning across. It`s not adequate for a lecture, class or meeting.

You can check this easily using Google`s language tools, which are pretty good as far as automated translation goes.

A lecture, class or meeting in which nobody speaks? Can`t be many of those.

Also...a handheld computer doing realtime OCR and translation on a constantly moving image seems a bit far-fetched to me. Maybe for a few pre-programmed phrases, with big, clear lettering.

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Female 4,086
i wonder if it would come in handy to all those hipsters with chinese character tattoos?
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Male 15,832
@patchouly So, you would have me believe that a phone can perform image processing, optical character recognition, and translation faster than a high-end desktop workstation? Okay...
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Male 4,745
@ Oldollie. It actually is that fast. I tried a demo of it, on my iPod, about a year ago. It is, indeed, instant.
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Male 530
Although i would really like this (i think this would work wonders for Asian / Western typography) i als think there is a drawback.
Language is more than a set of characters lined up to form a word or sentence.
It`s also something cultural.
If we would only focus on what something translates to and not what it means we still have a barrier.
the Dutch "luister nou even pik" (mainly heard in Rotterdam), translates to "listen to me penis" while it means "relax buddy, and hear what i have to say".
I think it will take a while for an AI to see that difference.
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Female 870
Speak to locals in any foreign country, talk to inlaws from other countries who speak a different language... language barrier gone. Is it a revolution towards a sense of unity and availability to access the entire world, or is it a tool to impose a sense of unimportance or irrelevance from one culture to the other, eventually proposing a unified "global" culture because... well we`re basically there already!
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Male 5,872
Optical Babelfish.

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Male 13,630
wow!
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Male 15,832
This really exists, but it`s nowhere near that fast.
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Male 7,031

Another step closer to the universal translator.

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Male 2,586
So really you could stream any lecture, class or meeting to anyone, everywhere with instant translation... pretty epic!
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Male 2,729
Link: Welcome To The Future [Gif] [Rate Link] - It is already a feature on Google Glass.
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