Oh man I'm laughing thinking about having something in my ear that is translating say Spanish and it makes as many mistakes as the Google Voice voicemail to text translater does. "Wait, what? You want dried papaya vytek?"
wow, this would be HUGE. Imagine being able to communicate anywhere you go.
For example... I goto Mexico on vacation and only know a few words in Spanish. LOL Call the waiter and he can hear in Spanish what you want. Yah it seems retarded but seriously if you HAD to communicate in another language it would be a easy solution.
I could finally order something other then cerveza
[citation][nom]tayb[/nom]Let's just put aside the "how" argument here and I'll simply ask, why? Why does the world need one official language?[/citation]
So humans can finally understand each other. Would we need to have huge wars against another country, if the people of both countries can understand what is going on? I think it would be easier to just sit down and talk. That's just my opinion though, maybe it's best that we alienate ourselves from... ourselves?
Um, doubt this will work all that well, especially when the grammar of two languages is significantly different. Take Japanese for instance, when using Japanese, subject comes first (and is often omitted after first use) followed by any objects and verb is last, where as English is subject verb then object. I have great doubts that this will work all that well. I think the technology is still far off. I mean just try using google page translator, it is still seriously lacking in the accuracy department.
Yet another way google can cram their ubiquitous advertising down the throats of people.
Wouldn't be surprised if they secretly "listen" to the conversation and if the users also should be using google app. - gmail, goggle docs what have you...they will subtle show adverts targeted these users..
Language is most certainly not the cause of modern wars. Maybe back in the day, but not in the last several hundred years for sure.
The incorrect assumption you make is that all human beings are generaly decent and willing to talk it out. Their not. A great many of them are greedy and willing to kill to make their pile of stuff bigger.
I'm less than enthusiastic about this approach, although I'm down with technology. This is nothing else than an excuse for people to stop learning foreign languages.
My first gripe is that machine translation more often than not contains tons of errors. Even when it gets right, something is still missing. You lose human touch, sense and soul.
The next thing that worries me is that this is just another thing that would make your brain go numb. When you take away the stimuli, that's when your brain loses interest and there goes intelligence down the drain.
Secondly, we are becoming nothing more than couch potatoes, with machines doing the working, the speaking, the entertainment and whatnot. Ultimately, machines will realize that we're actually the weak link and will start doing the "living" for us as well.
Why do I suddenly envision huge Chinese telemarketing farms using this technology to allow millions of non-English speaking cheap employees to bombard us with advertisements for penal enlargement remedies? Seriously, we all know this will happen...
"Do you think a real-world Babel Fish could eventually take away the need for people to learn multiple languages?"
Since a babel fish is an animal feeding off of brainwaves it's highly unlikely that this bbc brainchild will ever become a reality. BUT I suppose with enough processing power a realtime translation system would actually work reliably enough for everyday use. I would still use carbon based translators for politics and other situation where incorrect translations can have severe consequences.