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From the startrek.com page.

Universal translator


Device for translation of spoken languages in real-time communication. It operates by scanning brain-wave frequencies and using the results to create a basis for translation.

Translators Not "Universal" Yet, but Getting There

According to the world of Star Trek, in the mid-22nd century significant progress will be made in the development of a "universal translator" that will take previously unheard alien languages and instantaneously translate them for English-speaking Starfleet officers. That level of intelligent technology may be more than a century away, but the groundwork is certainly being laid today.

According to an article at MSNBC.com, the European Union is devoting millions of euros to language-software research & development, in hopes of cutting the costs of multilingualism. One grantee, Germany's Siemens, has developed software that recognizes spoken words and then utters a translation by patching together syllables pre-recorded by native speakers in several languages.

EU cash is also helping companies like Nokia develop cellphone software that translates and utters, in real time, dialog in English and Chinese.

You know how Starfleet officers can hear translations without any apparent ear-mounted devices, even on away missions? Well, get a load of this: DaimlerChrysler is perfecting ceiling-mounted "audio-beam" speakers that can shoot a cone of sound to specific areas, like single seats, in settings such as the United Nations. (May be crude by Star Trek standards, but it's a start!)
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Star Trek may be fictitious, but the programme was the inspiration for some inventions we use in our daily lives: e.g.: mobile phones,...

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... Mar 28, 2006

Williamson wrote:
According to the world of Star Trek, in the mid-22nd century significant progress will be made in the development of a "universal translator" that will take previously unheard alien languages and instantaneously translate them for English-speaking Starfleet officers.


OK, so we'll all be dead before we get any significant competition from MT

Party time everyone!




DaimlerChrysler is perfecting ceiling-mounted "audio-beam" speakers that can shoot a cone of sound to specific areas, like single seats, in settings such as the United Nations. (May be crude by Star Trek standards, but it's a start!)


It'll require some major advances in acoustics, and probably have to be adapted to every single room when it does arrive.


Star Trek may be fictitious, but the programme was the inspiration for some inventions we use in our daily lives: e.g.: mobile phones


I was under the erroneous impression that Lars Magnus Ericsson had this idea about 100 years ago. Obviously Star Trek went back in time and got there first.


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Olga Dubeshka  Identity Verified
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funny or not ? Mar 28, 2006

I wish I could listen to that "uttering" . Without doubt,
most of it will come out "funny " if not "rubbish" .
Hey, computers are doing a good job and most of the time they are exact and perfect - but people (and their languages) are not !!
AS my English teacher used to say to us, interpreters :
"If I let you go into the world, wars will start " (meaning, we were translating rubbish)


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Diarmuid Kennan  Identity Verified
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First mobile phone Mar 29, 2006

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I was under the erroneous impression that Lars Magnus Ericsson had this idea about 100 years ago. Obviously Star Trek went back in time and got there first.


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The first mobile phone system went into service in Stockholm in 1956. When is Star Trek from?


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Perhaps not in 100 years... Mar 29, 2006

1965 if I am not mistaken
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We are all very found of CATs aren't we... Combine MT+CAT+Speech-recognition.

No, Systran 5.0 does not produce perfect translations, but it does translate in understandable German, Dutch, French etc.
You can use Dragon to dictate the correct sentences.
Unfortunately, there is no combination of both systems yet...
But it is the next step...

Where was the computer technology in the 80ies? 16kBRam..., no software available....


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