Future of Language Teachers
- 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
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