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Will we soon have speech-to-speech translation, a la “Star Trek’s” universal translator?

March 15th, 2010 | by Naomi de Moraes

Well, Franz Josef Och, over at Google, things we will!

See an interview with him by the Los Angeles Times here.

A snippit:

Is it just short step from here to real time, speech-to-speech translation, a la “Star Trek’s” universal translator?

To really do the integrated speech-to-speech translation, where you can have a phone call with someone and it would interpreted live? I believe that based on the technology that we have, and the improvement rate we have in the core quality of MT and speech recognition, that it should be possible to do that in the not-too-distant future.

Naomi de Moraes

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