The Universal Translator

What’s your favourite feature of my technological advancement? In my opinion, I like the design job – Its cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

Originally conceived by science fiction writer Murray Leinster and utilized in his 1945 novella ‘First Contact’, the universal translator is a device that translates any language into a language known to the device’s user.

Most people reading this article will be infinitely more familiar with the universal translator as featured in ‘Star Trek’ and its various incarnations. Star Trek’s version of the translator is actually an extremely effective plot device, allowing aliens from anywhere in the universe to speak perfect English, even if they have never met a Human being a day in their lives (and thus allowing the writers of ‘Star Trek’ the freedom to not have to explain why each alien race speaks English so well in every other episode). In reality, alien linguistics would likely be so alien that they could take generations to decipher and even prove to be impossible for Human vocal chords to mimic.

On a more ‘down to earth’ level, a universal translator would decode any/all languages spoken on earth instantly (or near-instantly), allowing a person speaking Mandarin Chinese to freely converse with a person speaking Hindi with no miscommunications whatsoever.

Why we want it:

Such technology could really benefit the Human race in its quest for world peace.

In much the same way that the Internet has made it harder for various politically motivated factions to create propaganda about those they wish to invade (because now we can simply ask them if the stories are true or not), a universal translator would help people to reach a shared understanding.

Nothing would ever be lost in translation and everything would be clearly and effectively understood.

The downside, of course, is that people would not have to learn another language in order to communicate with other people, this, I feel, really would be a shame, as a culture’s views, experiences and legacy are often enshrined in its language, meaning that learning another language really is a window into a larger world with many different points of view.

When can we expect it?

You can see a crap version of this technology if you use ‘Google Translate’, but that’s only useful if you’re decoding simple phrases and words.

Early versions of the universal translator as seen in ‘Star Trek’ (and other series), do actually exist. American troops in Iraq employed the TRANSTAC program, (which automatically translated Arabic-English), before replacing it with the BOLT program (Broad Operational Language Translation), which serves as the current version of the US army translator.

However, the translator that allows us to freely chat in two distinct languages (and still be understood) has yet to be invented. In my estimation, the technology could one day exist and we’ll probably see its true prototype within the next 50 years, as such an invention will likely become a necessity of business by the mid 21st Century.

If I had to pick someone who was likely to invent it, I’d go with Google. It is in their best interests to come up with it first.

Keep in mind that scene in ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ where the crew of that Enterprise fly back in time to the mid 1980’s and Doc McCoy encounters an elderly Woman who needs kidney dialysis. Exploding in disbelief, the great doctor cries “what is this, the dark ages!?” before giving the Lady a pill that rapidly grows her a brand new kidney, much to her delight. That is where we can be within a few decades – ‘Star Trek’ technology. What could be cooler than that?

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The new Generation of Buses are hoping to make Milton Keynes green!

Some of the professional writers on the net are at a really top level that i ponder if any of them have ever printed a paperback? so every so often i like to spotlight these brilliant content pieces and here’s one i found interesting the other day.

Eight experimental electric buses will be operating in Milton Keynes from late January onwards. The fleet will begin operating along the busy Number 7 route, which covers the 15 miles between Wolverton and Bletchley. They are the first electric buses to operate in the UK.

UK-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus have built these new electric buses in conjunction with Japanese company Mitsui and UK engineering group Arup.

Wireless ‘booster’ plates in the road, placed at the beginning/end of the route, give the buses a charge that allows them to operate for a full day. They are then charged overnight at the bus depot.

The buses will need to stop over the booster plates, before lowering the bus’ own receiver plates and resting there for 10 minutes’ charge time. The journey will then resume, exactly the same way a regular bus ride does.

The process is called ‘inductive charging’ and it involves electricity passing though wire coils in the plates that creates a magnetic field. The field then shares its voltage with the bus’ receiver plates, charging them up.

Similar electric bus trials are being implemented in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2013, South Korea unveiled a 7.5-mile stretch of road, which recharges electric vehicles as they drive over it, without requiring any charge time at all.

In an interview with the BBC, John Bint of Milton Keynes Council said, “Electric buses have huge potential and we’re exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service,”

If these trial models prove to be successful, the Council plans to run them all across the town.

The environmental impact of this scheme is certainly considerable, with local councils potentially being able to significantly reduce their area’s carbon footprint. In addition, the future development of electric buses can only help the similar evolution of the electric car, an invention that has the potential to seriously lower the world’s carbon emissions.

Arup consultant John Miles who is also an engineering professor at Cambridge University, told BBC that, “These electric buses will be expected to do everything a diesel bus does (…) They will be operating on a demanding urban route, and that’s all part of the trial’s aim – to prove that electric buses can be tough as well as green.”

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Apple iPhone Review

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I purchased my iPhone about 2 weeks ago. I did not wait in a line at a store, but ordered it on the Apple website.
It took about 2 weeks for it to arrive directly from China.
First, the positives:
Set up and activation was extremely easy. I only needed to plug the phone into my computer. I was already a current AT&T customer, and I already had an iTunes account, so I had 2 less steps to activation. Everything was done on the Apple website and took less than 5 minutes.

It automatically set up my main email account and transferred my contacts.
The touchscreen technology is amazing. It is really fun to play with. The keyboard makes it faster to type in text than any other phone I have owned. I have small fingers, so it gives me somewhat of an advantage.
The look of the music feature is a little different than previous Ipod models, and is a little easier to navigate, in my opinion. The video quality is the same as my other Ipod, but you can now view videos in wide format.

The photos feature is fantastic. Viewing in landscape is great.
The Safari web browser is easy to use. You can have multiple pages open at once.
The negatives:
It may not be the most important feature, but you can not download ringtones to use. You can only use the ones that come with the phone, which weren’t that many. I wish you could use any of the songs you purchase from itunes as a ring tone, but as of today, that is not an option.

AT&T’s Edge network is a little slow. It’s more like dial up speed. Whenever possible I use a wi-fi connection. Also, while using Edge, you can not make or recieve phone calls. You can make calls while using wi-fi though.
The iPhone is by far a great phone and music/video player. All you techies will love it!

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Listen to your favorite tracks with the most modern bluetooth earpiece

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Nowadays, a modern Bluetooth earpiece is exactly what anyone needs to have in order to be up to date with technology.
It can connect to an MP4 player or any device that features Bluetooth and it can provide an accurate sound without distortions. The best advantage is that it connects wireless, thus getting rid of all the inefficient wires. Since there are so many models on the market, it is up to the customers’ requirements to choose the best Bluetooth earpiece.

A few models that we recommend are ZhongJian Bluetooth Stereo Headset Headphone S9-HD,  SanTian GoerTek GSH300 Bluetooth Wireless Headset  and Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset Headphones SX-910A.
ZhongJian Bluetooth Stereo Headset Headphone S9-HD is the exact item that anyone who wants to listen to their favorite tracks needs. It is a Bluetooth earpiece that can also connect to a phone and give high-definition surround sound. It can last for up to 6 hours and can receive a wireless signal on a distance of 33 ft.

These headphones are very comfortable and easy to wear since they have a unique behind-the-head design. It features buttons for adjusting the volume and selecting the track.
Another Bluetooth earpiece that will amaze through its unique design is SanTian GoerTek GSH300 Bluetooth Wireless Headset. The battery is long lasting, with up to 13 hours of talk time and it can connect with many compatible phones. Listening to music has never been easier with this comfortable Bluetooth earpiece.

Since it has an over the ear design it will fit any person, no matter the age, and at the same time will not create any discomfort whatsoever. It gives a perfect stereo sound and it charges really fast. It can receive a wireless signal on a distance range of 10 meters.

The Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset Headphones SX-910A confers an excellent sound quality and features buttons that can adjust volume and change tracks. It has an innovative design that is comfortable yet stylish. This Bluetooth earpiece has a super light weight so the person who uses them might even forget he is wearing them.

It has a talk time of up to 7 hours and it can be recharged in 2 to 3 hours. The transmission distance is 10 meters so forget about all the uncomfortable wires that always reminded you that you have to carry your MP3 or phone with you.
These products will offer great sound quality and comfort and you will not regret purchasing them.