DailyDirt: Universal Translators Would Be Nice
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Just about every science fiction story that involves aliens has to come up with some way for different languages to be translated and understood. Babel Fish, C3PO and Star Trek's "universal translator" all served this purpose. But, it would be revolutionary for technology just to translate between different human languages. Here are some quick links on the topic of communication research.
- A database of metaphors from a wide variety of languages could help develop software that's better at understanding human language. Darmok and Jilad at Tanagra, Captain Picard! [url]
- Dolphins have been known to keep track of about a hundred different "words" -- and using some waterproof computers we might be able to decipher some dolphins talking. So long and thanks for all the fish... [url]
- SETI is betting that mathematics is the universal language to begin an alien-human conversation. 0101001000100001 or ELSE! [url]
- To discover more interesting tech-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]