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Near-Real-Time Speech Conversion From One Language to Another
It'll have language teachers the world over ripping up their vocab books: near-real-time speech conversion from one language to another has just become a reality. Microsoft Research has demonstrated not only how to convert spoken English into Mandarin with just a few seconds' delay - but also how to output that Mandarin speech in the vocal style of the original speaker. The technology was demonstrated by Microsoft's research chief Rick Rashid in Tjianjin, China, on 25 October - but the news has taken a while to trickle out.
Rashid spoke just eight English sentences into the lab's new speech-recognition, translation and generation system, yet the company reports the Mandarin output wowed a crowd of 2000 students and academics (jump to 7:30 in the video above to hear the output).
The system's advanced capability stems from a blizzard of improvements at all stages of the speech-to-speech process....
I do see that SA thought this article should be cause to look at the sermons about Babel. by the way,
Genesis 11 6 And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. 7 "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.---NASB
These were a prideful people who gathered together to challenge God, and while there some of that now, and will be a very large number after the Church Age, we should look upon such inventions as a way to more easily bring Christianity in their own language surmount the barrier of the confusion tongues for this reason.