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Goodbye Rosetta Stone!: Star Trek's Universal Translator Nears Reality Thanks To Prototype Microsoft Program

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This is a video of Microsoft's Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid explaining and demonstrating their speech recognition software that can translate his English into other languages (in this case Chinese) in his own voice. The implications this has for ordering at ethnic restaurants are profound. Also, I'm going to be the toughest sounding French speaker ever. I know it's probably hard for you to believe, but I have this really deep, booming man-voice that can shake mountains. One time I even caused an earthquake. "You sure it wasn't something else?" I'm sure, I was yelling at the time. "So...?" SO PROOF POSITIVE, BROBRO. God, drop it already, it was me.

Hit the jump for the video, most of which is just explaining the technology (actual demo starts around 7:00.

Thanks to MannaFromKevin, who expressed an interest in yelling at his coworkers in Klingon. Me? I want to yell at my coworkers in the language of throwing things.

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