Sunday January 18, 2015
Are we getting closer to having a real universal translator?
more stories from this episode
- Can an AI program be a criminal?
- How social media could be changing your child's sense of self
- We Asked the Question - How have the kids in your life reacted to you posting pics of them online?
- These gadgets are always listening
- The internet of emotional things
- Are we getting closer to having a real universal translator?
- Full Episode
From Star Trek's universal translator to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Babel Fish, sci-fi has long given us a glimpse into possible futures where everyone can understand each other with the help of technology. Now, both Skype and Google are each coming out with consumer products that promise simultaneous language translation. We ask Roland Kuhn, the Statistical Machine Translation lead at the National Research Council Canada, to weigh in on the future of machine translation and speech recognition.