#Microsoft can convert your voice into another language

The Babel Fish from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

Microsoft Research have revealed software that can take your spoken voice and translate it into a voice in a different language. In a online demonstration Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer, says a long sentence in English, and  it;s translated into Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin complete with Rashid’s original intonation.
   This obviously raises the potential that one day soon you’ll be able to talk to someone on your smartphone in English and they will hear your voice in Mandarin, and vice versa. You can watch the demo here (jump ahead to 12 mins if you just want to see the speech translations demo).


from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2012/03/microsoft-can-convert-your-voice-into.html

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About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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