Google’s newest Chrome update, beyond being incredibly cool, could have huge implications in the way we as humans interact with one another. A new functionality not only allows users to translate speech directly to text via a microphone, but allows those results to be translated into 50 other languages (a few of which Chrome can already recite back to you).
Quentin Hardy at Forbes believes this breakthrough to be huge, especially considering that very soon all smartphones will carry the same technology. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that we could be on the cusp of having language barriers made obsolete, and, essentially, we’ll all be carrying an inversely pocket-sized Tower of Babel. Great for vacationers, not as much for anyone who makes a living as a translator.
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