Reality is not a binary system

One of the most relevant features of science fiction is the introduction of developed technologies, which were impossible to set up in the time when certain films and novels of this genre were published. Nevertheless time has gone by, and we have been able to make reality these technologies, and what is more we are using them in our everyday life.

Fans of Star Trek were impressed with such a curious devices which were capable of simultaneous translation. Of course when the series was broadcast, a few decades ago, somebody  would stopped to consider whether such a marvel of technology would see the light of day. Unthinkable would say many.

But no. Once again reality overcomes the fiction when Microsoft  engineers presented to the world a few months ago an innovative system capable of demolishing any language barrier.

This invention is a simultaneous translation software among different languages​​, which on the one hand turns your voice into text, then translate it into another language and finally converts it to speech, but what is really surprising is that this particular voice sounds like the original speaker, creating a “copy” of your own voice in another language.

Until now it is just a prototype as it still needs to improve the effectiveness of the translations (I do not want to imagine a peace process between two countries using the half-finished invention). What is undeniable is the range of possibilities that it will be able to offer, although a priori interpreters and translation and localization companies may see this software like a threat, I sincerely believe that the opposite will just happen due to a machine is just only that, millions and millions of cold hard data which cannot enter into the field of the nuances and uses of language, which only a human being is able to interpret. So the more you use these systems, the greater the needing to require the services of a human being to ensure that the machine has not been wrong.

The technology complements and helps the human being, but it should never replace us.


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