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(Guardian)   A 'Babelfish' could be the web's next big thing, says AI expert who's never heard of Google Translate   (theguardian.com) divider line 32
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2014-03-14 11:05:21 AM
Liveflogging? Cool.
 
2014-03-14 11:06:44 AM
Too bad there are so many steps you need to take to get that damn fish from the dispenser to land in your ear.
 
2014-03-14 11:07:01 AM
Hasn't that site been around for years?
 
2014-03-14 11:09:13 AM

Mad_Radhu: Hasn't that site been around for years?


I remember it back when it was connected to Altavista, so yeah...
 
2014-03-14 11:15:19 AM

Mad_Radhu: Hasn't that site been around for years?


Babblefish was launched in 1997.  So yea.
 
2014-03-14 11:16:06 AM

Mad_Radhu: Hasn't that site been around for years?


Not in a really usable form. Ask any high school Spanish teacher how good the online translators are.
 
2014-03-14 11:21:12 AM

thurstonxhowell: Ask any high school Spanish teacher how good the online translators are.


Ask any traveler how useful they are.

In nearly every case, the phrasing and diction are awkward as hell... but you can understand the general idea. That has come in handy for me a whole bunch of times, in a whole lot of languages.
 
2014-03-14 11:26:17 AM
Won't somebody think of the corndogs?
 
2014-03-14 11:30:14 AM

s1ugg0: Mad_Radhu: Hasn't that site been around for years?

Babblefish was launched in 1997.  So yea.


This. Babelfish.com says, "Thanks for the shout out."
 
2014-03-14 11:32:36 AM
But will it disprove the existence of God?
 
2014-03-14 11:40:16 AM
I've used Bablefish for many years and I can definitely say, yes, it really sucks.
 
2014-03-14 11:52:06 AM
Call me when they get an instant reliable translation piece that they can put in my ear...
 
2014-03-14 11:59:39 AM
Sadly, Yahoo discontinued the Babelfish service sometime in the last 2 years or so.  Babelfish.altavista.com was redirected to babelfish.yahoo.com for a number of years after the acquisition
 
2014-03-14 12:18:21 PM
Prof Nigel Shadbolt, a close associate of the web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says that the idea of automatic machine translation "on the fly" is achievable before the world wide web turns 50.

Babelfish English to French:

Prof Nigel Shadbolt, un proche collaborateur de l'inventeur du web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, dit que l'idée de traduction machine automatique "à la volée" est réalisable avant le world wide web tourne 50.

French to German:

Prof. Nigel Shadbolt, ein enger Verbündeter des Erfinders des Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, sagte, dass die Idee der automatischen maschinellen Übersetzung "on the Fly" machbar ist, bevor das World Wide Web 50 dreht.

German to Spanish:

Profesor Nigel Shadbolt, un aliado cercano del inventor de la Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, dijo que la idea de la traducción automática de la máquina se hace "on the fly", antes de la World Wide Web.

Spanish back to English:

Professor Nigel Shadbolt, a close ally of the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said that the idea of automatic machine translation is done 'on the fly', before the World Wide Web.

/stupid German adds so many characters the original has been tru
 
2014-03-14 12:27:00 PM
Remember to take the mail and the thing which your aunt gave you which you don't know what it is, or you'll never get that damn babelfish.
 
2014-03-14 12:33:14 PM
Just be carefull at the next zebra crossing.
 
2014-03-14 01:02:38 PM
The amount of fail in this thread is depressing.
 
2014-03-14 01:12:42 PM
Take off your gown, and hang it up on the hook. Then, get the towel and put it over the drain. Wait until Ford is asleep, then nick his satchel and put it in front of the panel. Put the junk mail on the satchel, then press the dispenser button.
 
2014-03-14 04:10:40 PM

ristst: But will it disprove the existence of God?


Oh, dear. I hadn't thought of that.
 
2014-03-14 04:43:45 PM
Internet translators may not be perfect, but they're much more accurate than those old Hungarian/English phrasebooks.
 
2014-03-14 05:58:22 PM

bhcompy: Sadly, Yahoo discontinued the Babelfish service sometime in the last 2 years or so.  Babelfish.altavista.com was redirected to babelfish.yahoo.com for a number of years after the acquisition


I see my services are no longer needed here.

Captain Obvious Away!
 
2014-03-14 06:03:57 PM
Much more impressed by the research projects going on that take what you speak and translate it into another language in your voice.  I'd be ok with it if worked well even in a Stephen Hawking voice but having it do it in your own voice would be amazing. Too bad it wasn't available last year when I was in Buenos Aires flirting with this really cute Argentinian but couldn't get too far since the translator was her brother.
 
2014-03-14 07:11:47 PM
My hovercraft is full of eels.
 
2014-03-14 09:05:44 PM

thurstonxhowell: Mad_Radhu: Hasn't that site been around for years?

Not in a really usable form. Ask any high school Spanish teacher how good the online translators are.


Actually, online translators are impeccable.

The problem is that... okay you know how 90% of the people online, in English, are barely comprehensible?  Especially things coming out of Australia, and I mean My God what did English ever do to them that made them want to flog it until dead and then rape its corpse?  But I digress:  It's not just English, you see?  There's derpy-dipty-doo in all languages the world over, and the translators are carefully tuned to replicate the potatoness of it all.
 
2014-03-14 10:04:41 PM
We already have pocket transators but they don't work very well and it's quite painful jamming them into your ear.

Specs for a good translator:

* fits in you ear
* doesn't look dorky
* can simultaneously translate both ways, communicating via WiFi or whatever replaces it
* lives on ear wax and scurf rather than brain waves
* looks like a tiny fish or possibly one of those poisonous octupuses that are about the size of a quarter


upload.wikimedia.org


I've made it roughly life-sized.


Make the Babelfish look like jewelry and you may not fee so stupid with a fish stuck in your ear.

******

He: YOU HAVE A FISH STUCK IN YOUR EAR!

She:  WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! I HAVE A FISH STUCK IN MY EAR!

World's newest dumb old joke. Coming soon to an uncle near you.
 
2014-03-14 10:09:19 PM
Sorry about the typos. The keys on this old laptop are slow. I keep typing but they don't keep up. It's nearly time to replace it. It's nearly full of iTunes tracks. It only has more gigabytes of free space left than computers had in 1999.

I remember Mosaic. And Veronica and Gopher and all the gang.
 
2014-03-14 10:32:16 PM
Macho Business Donkey Wrestler
 
2014-03-14 10:42:39 PM
I just read Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy to my daughter for the first time tonight. She is only 4 months old but I think she got the gist.
 
2014-03-14 11:04:48 PM

dg41: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-15 02:26:43 AM
babelfish.altavista.com
 
2014-03-15 02:48:34 AM
How about the difficulties of translating English into English? The BBC's captioning of the Chinese year of the "horse" got captioned year of the "Whores".
 
2014-03-15 05:36:52 AM
Except the AI will forever be reliant on the humans who actually speak the languages which are eternally changing.

Other than that - sure.
 
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