Could we see Google develop a universal translator akin to something you'd see on Star Trek?
In Google research, as well as the speech group, there's also a group working on machine translation, and we now collaborate, so you've probably heard a bit about speech-to-speech translation, where you can say something in English, and then get recognized in English, get translated to Spanish, and then synthesize in Spanish so you can carry on a conversation. That's an active research area with some initial deployments getting out there.
Learn more about speech recognition and Google by following the links below.
- Personal interview with Mike Cohen and Jason Freidenfelds. Conducted Feb. 16, 2011.