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View Full Version : Google Universal Translator for Android May Not be Far Off

Craig Horlacher
05-18-2011, 12:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://gizmodo.com/5801247/google-could-very-well-develop-universal-translation' target='_blank'>http://gizmodo.com/5801247/google-c...sal-translation</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"One of the things high on Google's to-do list was translation, rendering the billions of words appearing online into the native language of any user in the world. By 2001, Google.com was already available in twenty-six languages. Page and Brin believed that artificial barriers such as language should not stand in the way of people's access to information."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/adt/auto/1305682960.usr309.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>About six months ago I had a network storage device loose its configuration for some reason.&nbsp; The default language wasn't English or anything similar.&nbsp; I was a little worried when I couldn't understand anything in the web interface and didn't know how I would change it back.&nbsp; But I was using Chrome at the time and I noticed a notification pop up at the top.&nbsp; Chrome was telling me it didn't think this page was in my native language and it offered to translate it for me.&nbsp; I chose yes and Chrome turned it all into English.&nbsp; It may not have been a perfect translation but from what I remember it was very good and it made it pretty easy for me to find the option to change the language back to English.</p><p>That's just one example of how Google is very serious about language translation and how that fact has already helped me out.&nbsp; Gizmodo has a great article about how and why Google got so serious about translation.&nbsp; With resources available to Google they have been able to do some amazing things with translation even related to languages they don't have native speakers of.&nbsp; The <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&amp;feature=search_result" target="_blank">Google Translate app</a> for Android is evidence of their work and the fact that a real universal translator may be possible one day.&nbsp; I would love to hear what you think about the article.&nbsp; Are you excited about the possibilities or scared of computers becoming too "smart"?</p>