Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) is bringing the world of Star Trek closer to reality with its mind-blowing real-time translation tool that it intends to be used through Skype.
To demonstrate the new Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) technology, Quest spoke to a Microsoft engineer. He spoke English while the engineer who worked on translation technology at the technology giant spoke German. It was Skype that bridged the language gap between the journalist and the engineer.
“It’s not just family or friends, this could be used for serious business negotiations. Just imagine the impact this could have on the way we conduct business across borders,” Quest said in the report. It isn’t the first time Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT) has demonstrated this new technology for Skype. At the inaugural Code Conference this year, Gurdeep Pall, a Microsoft vice president, also demonstrated the real-time translation tool via Skype.
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In Quest’s report, Pall said: “The idea that people don’t understand each other is going to be a thing of the past.”
Quest said that machine translation research began decades ago. It has only become mainstream in the last few years, he noted. At Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ MSFT), he said there is a robot that offers machine translated directions and an audio lab that researches how hearing works.
The new Skype translation technology, Quest adds, also has social media built-in in order for translations to be more colloquial. Though not publicly available yet, the real-time translation technology looks to be working well based on the demonstration done by Quest. According to the CNN Host, this new technology is expected to be out on a beta version by this year’s end.
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