Thursday, February 11, 2010

Google Working on a Real-Time Voice Recognition-Translation System

A voice recognition and automatic translations system will happen eventually. Exactly how long it will take us to get their is not clear. Until we work out the kink in the text translators, I am not holding my breath on one that can real-time audibly translate. The audio translation system will have to rely on the text, with just a few additions. The first part is understanding the speaker, turn the speech to text, translate the text, then play the sound the new text should make. No part of that process is truly perfected yet, and we will need all with an high degree of accuracy before such as system can be realized.

"GOOGLE is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly — like the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

By building on existing technologies in voice recognition and automatic translation, Google hopes to have a basic system ready within a couple of years. If it works, it could eventually transform communication among speakers of the world’s 6,000-plus languages.


  1. Brian Barker2/12/2010 5:25 AM

    Why not look long term and have a spoken international language, on a person-to-person basis :)

    We seem to be back to Esperanto here. Just have a look at

    Dr Kvasnak teaches English at Florida Atlantic University.

    A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at

  2. @Brian Barker - I think the front runner for spoken international language is English.


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