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Microsoft Brings Star Trek’s Voice Translator to Life. Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly

 
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Microsoft Brings Star Trek’s Voice Translator to Life. Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly
It could be the next best thing to learning a new language. Microsoft researchers have demonstrated software that translates spoken English into spoken Chinese almost instantly, while preserving the unique cadence of the speaker's voice—a trick that could make conversation more effective and personal.
The first public demonstration was made by Rick Rashid, Microsoft's chief research officer, on October 25 at an event in Tianjin, China. “I'm speaking in English and you'll hear my words in Chinese in my own voice,” Rashid told the audience. The system works by recognizing a person's words, quickly converting the text into properly ordered Chinese sentences, and then handing those over to speech synthesis software that has been trained to replicate the speaker's voice.

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Re: Microsoft Brings Star Trek’s Voice Translator to Life. Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly
Found this thread while looking for something else, very interesting, wonder how long it will take for something like this to be readily available and commonly used for travelers?
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Re: Microsoft Brings Star Trek’s Voice Translator to Life. Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly
Oh boy, the translators are so gonna lose their jobs.

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Re: Microsoft Brings Star Trek’s Voice Translator to Life. Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly
Cool!

Will make travelling abroad a lot easier for many :)

Thanks for sharinghf
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