The race to break language barriers is on. Earlier this year, Skype announced its beta software capable of translating spoken Spanish to English and vice versa in real time over video chat. The company currently offers translation for many written languages, and plans to expand its spoken translation to many more languages in the future.
Google, not to be outdone, has also announced a revamping of its Google Translate app to recognize language and translate spoken word into written text. Currently the app suppers over 90 written languages.
However, as the two companies compete, language experts note the challenges ahead. Language is complex- it constantly evolves, varies even within itself with different dialects, and is riddled with natural speech interruptions (“um”). In order to stay current, the technology will require constant updates which in turn will require a constant collection of data. Skype and Google both assure consumers the data will remain anonymous even to government agencies.
Read more here- “Google Translate Update will Turn Speech to Text Real-Time,” (Nicole Arce, TechTimes)
Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.