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  • pleiadz65
    Hi Webheads! According to MIT s Technology Review magazine (February 2004 issue, page 34), the **number one** emerging technology that will change the world is
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2004
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      Hi Webheads!

      According to MIT's Technology Review magazine (February 2004 issue,
      page 34), the **number one** emerging technology that will change
      the world is universal translation software. It is currently under
      development by Yuqing Gao at IMB's Watson Research Center in New
      York.

      To quote from the article:

      "By late 2004, says Gao, the technology will be 'robust and ready'
      for deployment: IBM is already in discussions with potential
      partners and customers. Eventually, universal translation could make
      business meetings, document research, and surveillance easier, while
      opening doors to international commerce and tourism. 'In 10 years,
      everyone may have this on their handheld or cell phone,' says Gao.
      At which point communicating in a new language could be as easy as
      plug and play."

      [Link to online magazine: https://www.technologyreview.com/index.asp%5d

      As a Star Trek fan, I think this is super. As a language teacher, it
      emphasizes what Webheads already know (and Vance's excellent speech
      in Cairo and the analogy of language teachers being more like
      musicians reflects) that the heart of language learning is
      interaction and community. After all, that's the only advantage that
      humans have over increasingly more and more powerful computers and
      technology.

      audrey
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