Sunday, November 11, 2012

Star Trek 'Universal Translator' Realized by Microsoft

updated 11/9/2012 5:20:05 PM ET

Ever wondered what you'd sound like if you were fluent in Chinese, French or another language you don't know? New software that's in development might give you an idea. Microsoft has created a program designed to provide on-the-fly, spoken translations, in the user's own voice. 

"We may not have to wait until the 22nd century for a usable equivalent of Star Trek's universal translator," Rick Rashid, Microsoft's chief research officer,  wrote in a blog post  Nov. 8. Microsoft's translator still makes errors at a noticeable rate, but significantly improves on previous speech translators, Rashid said. 

"The results can sometimes be humorous," he said. "Still, the technology has developed to be quite useful."

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