Posted on July 22nd, 2009 1 comment
I once had a skype chat with an expert web developer on Grand Canary Island about the feasibility of building on online application where two people who speak different languages could chat with each other through some kind of near-real-time translation software.
In short, the theory goes: take the language barrier out of the equation. Enable both users of a 2-way chat, or all members of an online meeting, to type and receive messages in their preferred language.
Chatting online is more asynchronous than a phone conversation, and as computing power increases and the quality and speed of machine translation improves, a realistic chat experience between two people who don’t speak the same language is getting closer to being possible. Much closer, in fact. Google Wave debuts September, 2009.
Google Wave seems to be many things, including a new way of thinking about how to organize, present, and interact with communication messages. After a quick review, it also seems like Google may be using the Wave project to try to address things like the annoying nature of threaded blog posts and comment threads, following a multi-page forum discussion, sifting through multiple endless copies of forwarded email, and other annoyances that come with communicating in an increasingly digital world.