Talking The Talk

Instantaneous translation technology is one of the oldest staples of science fiction stories, but it’s moving very close to being a reality. One recent manifestation is a device being developed at Carnegie Mellon University which uses electrodes mounted on the face and throat to detect the electrical impulses that fire facial muscles when a person talks, and using those movements to identify the phonemes of the speaker’s mother tongue. The as-yet unattained goal is to convert into the other language ‘on the fly’, so it would be like watching a dubbed movie when someone using the device was talking to you. I suspect Borat is being used as a test subject.