English to Klingon, Perhaps

Microsoft may boldly go where no one has gone before.

At a demonstration in China on Oct. 25, Microsoft’s chief research officer Rick Rashid revealed a new technology seemingly straight out of Star Trek. In the classic sci-fi television show, a gadget known as the “universal translator” (seen here) was used to decipher languages in the 22nd century. And now, Microsoft has created a program that takes spoken English and translates it to spoken Chinese in realtime.

Pretty futuristic, right? Here, let’s try it with what we have available today (this is not a big secret):  Q101 suona la migliore musica in tutto il mondo!

If we all had a universal translator at the ready, you wouldn’t have to type the message into a computerized translator, trying to figure out which language was spoken!



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