Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

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Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Uncle Al » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:33 pm

It's here, soon to be everywhere.

Universal Translator

This is a beginning. I'm sure greater things will come to the market.

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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Sinned » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:26 am

Actually it's closer to the Babel Fish of Douglas Adams' HHGTTG. Plug one in the ear and instant translation. I have a better solution though - everyone learn English :!:
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Kirbstone » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:34 pm

I thought everybody had until I went to Germany to work. I would in consequence heartily endorse Dennis's suggestion, though.

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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby moonshadow » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:21 pm

Nah... if we're going to mandate a global language, let's choose one that sounds cool... like Italian! :D
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Fred in Skirts » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:53 pm

moonshadow wrote:Nah... if we're going to mandate a global language, let's choose one that sounds cool... like Italian! :D

Too much arm and hand movements when speaking Italian. :lol:
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Darryl » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:31 pm

Klingon. :evil:
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Fred in Skirts » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:07 pm

Darryl wrote:Klingon. :evil:

I would vote for that!! :twisted:
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby crfriend » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:32 pm

Darryl wrote:Klingon. :evil:

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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Ralph » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:22 am

Meh. For basic communications, translator AIs are reasonably reliable -- we've certainly come a long way from babelfish.com! But as soon as you get into idiom and regional dialect, all bets are off. I'll be impressed when we can translate "Bob's your uncle" or "er hat einen kleinen vogel" to the appropriate local dialect.

A fun exercise is to take any random phrase in your native language, translate it (via some translator software) to another language, then repeat several times before translating into your own language. Even if you avoid metaphorical idioms, a simple declarative sentence gets mangled in wonderfully humorous ways.
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Caultron » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:57 pm

I once read about a project that tested a mechanical translator by converting sentences from English to Russian and back.

They put in, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."

They got back, "The vodka is strong but the meat is rotten."
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Re: Another boost for Technology from Star Trek

Postby Gusto10 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:25 pm

Sinned wrote:Actually it's closer to the Babel Fish of Douglas Adams' HHGTTG. Plug one in the ear and instant translation. I have a better solution though - everyone learn English :!:

If the Dutch hadn't given up on New Amsterdam, Dutch would be the most important language. And considering the number of Dutchmen participating, maybe it would be a good idea to give it a try to use Dutch as principle language.
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