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Real time translation service from Google is cool, and has broad implications

by Scott Hoffman on November 17, 2009

Google just updated their language translation service to include instant translations, or Real Time translations. As a user types words, sentences, and paragraphs into the provided entry box, the translation appears in real time below. This video demonstrates this amazing capability:

The implications of this is very impressive, and not only for translation services, but for almost every facet of web life.  To understand, let’s examine hopw the technology works within the Google translation services:

  • A person enters a sequence of words in the service
  • in “near” real time a database look-up of that sequence is conducted
  • The resulting translation appears, instantly on the page

Today it became clear (at least to me) that any input on a web page, can trigger changes on other parts of the web page that are “related” to the input. I hadn’t thought about this in quite this context before, but the uses of the method are staggering. Replace the database with a listing of content that contains the “word sequence,” and you could potentially find related content in real time. How about a database of users who have also talked about the “word sequence,” resulting in establishing connections to people actively engaged in conversations about the same concept or idea. The ways to use this real time look-up capability are limitless.

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