In a world with over 6 billion people, language separates us, but with new translation technology, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Technology has come so far over the past decade and now we are able to communicate instantly with whoever we want. Social media has almost become out new culture and is the reason that so many of us have a wider network of friends, distant relatives and even business contacts. Further advanced still, we are able to translate the different languages online. In an ever progressing world, where technology is pushing us forward, there needs to be a progressive element in the way we communicate with one another. The day of new communication is actually upon us, and language translation technology will change the way we communicate forever.

What is translation technology?

Translation technology is an inner ear technology that translates different languages as somebody speaks to you. This could revolutionise international business processes and can develop a wider sense of understanding and communication for international students and travellers alike. Language technology such as this, is not just useful for people who need to find the nearest shop or restaurant, but as experts have pointed out, this could actually have a huge impact on humanitarian efforts. For example, volunteers often go off to their new placements overseas having little time or resources to learn the native language. For these people in particular to have access to instant translation tools, this could immediately improve the efficiency and effectiveness of such humanitarian relief missions. This could improve and save the lives of those who are in need essentially, and can enrich people’s experiences also. This could change everything from the global economy to global immigration policies, with more people speaking in translation, could this mean a change for immigration tests such as the life in the UK test.


How realistic is this translation?

We have all used Google translate, maybe to get the french homework completed and maybe to try and poorly ask somebody where the nearest bathroom is on holiday. It’s safe to say that not even Google can get the translation perfect and can often make you seem a little bit silly, so how effective can this technology be in order for it to be as useful as claims may lead us to believe? As with anything, this technology needs time to adjust and to improve. As artificial intelligence technology improves, this will mean that languages improve and will demonstrate a better understanding of colloquialisms instead of word for word translations. Technology has the ability to facilitate a much higher understanding of the world, and will encourage globalisation to occur at a quicker rate. The technology that we have today points to an extremely promising and progressive future, despite the fact that the technology is still in the fairly primitive stages of creation. Speech has voice, tone, colour and all these other indicators of the mood of the conversation, wheres as text has punctuation, in order to fully integrate a system, there needs to be a greater understanding of this, but on the same hand, facial expression and excitement will be a clear indication of what is occurring during a situation. For now, transactional communications will be benefited through this technology and in the future, more deeper, philosophical and in depth conversations will become more apparent.