The rapid advance of machine translation (which is nothing more than human translations mined to excess, plus AI) means that we are now living in a world where languages no longer matter.
A French speaker will be able to talk with a Japanese businessman without either having mastered the other's language. A first version of this technology is already on the market.
For $130 a small gadget in your ear will currently translate 4 languages on the fly.
Soon we will see devices that whisper what the other person is saying, not in a computer voice, but in the translated voice of the original speaker. This, thanks to advances in bioacoustic engineering measuring the frequency, wavelength, sound intensity and other properties of the voice.
As anyone who lives in a city knows, public sidewalks these days are a free-for-all of pedestrians staggering along, zombie-like, staring intently at the screens of their phones.
As well as infuriating other pedestrians, there’s some evidence that this behaviour increases our chances of being hit by a car.
To avoid that fate for its smartphone-addicted residents, a Dutch town is trying out a pilot program to put traffic lights where everyone is already looking - on the pavement.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Technobyte: A Dutch town adds pavement traffic signals