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  Universal translator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like hyperdrive, a universal translator is a somewhat improbable technology that is an accepted convention in science fiction stories and serves as a useful plot device.
The fact that a universal translator is not obvious in much science fiction is general to the fact that perhaps ESP or alternative realities can explain the paradox that arise in order to correct errors in the subject's definition for which object exists as the translation.
Unlike, for instance, the Stargate universe, the different species are shown to have their own languages (for instance, Huttese), which are 'translated' for the viewer by means of subtitles, or a third character acting as an interpreter.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Universal_translator   (2409 words)

 universal translator
It is used in the Star Trek universe to avoid plot complications arising from different intelligent species, for example, humans and Klingons, attempting to communicate with each other.
According to Trek mythos, on Earth the universal translator (UT) was invented shortly before 2151 but still experimental at the time of the launch of the first starship Enterprise (ENT: "Broken Bow").
The Companion was revealed to be female because the universal translator detected this facet of its identity from its brainwave patterns, and assigned it a female voice (TOS: "Metamorphosis").
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/U/universal_translator.html   (678 words)

 Universal translator - Memory Alpha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The universal translator is a device used to decipher and interpret alien languages into the native language of the user.
The Companion was revealed to be female because the universal translator detected this facet of its identity from its brainwave patterns, and assigned it a female voice.
The universal translator was able to translate the language of the sentient nanites, created by Wesley Crusher in early 2366, into binary language.
memory-alpha.org /en/wiki/Universal_translator   (467 words)

 Universal Translator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The universal translator is one of the most significant and valuable devices in use during the 23rd and 24th centuries.
The translator functions by analyzing the patterns and syntax of a language, and devising a translation matrix that permits instantaneous verbal or data exchanges.
When the translator encounters an entirely unknown language, it analyzes brain wave frequencies, looks for universal concepts, and selects similar patterns; it then calculates the grammar and syntax and electronically generates a spoken translation in real time using an appropriate male or female voice.
www.homestead.com /Federation_Archives/files/translator.html   (307 words)

 as   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
According to the Primitive Language theory, all organisms possess a common knowledge of language from the moment they are born.
If this language could be developed so that all languages could be translated to this primitive language, it would also be possible to translate and interpret all languages.
Through translating all languages into the primitive language, and reinterpreting them into various languages, a complete universal translator was born, and all problems of language communication were solved.
www.archspace.org /encyclopedia/tech/1123.html   (85 words)

 Universal translator
The TNG episode "Darmok" also illustrates another instance where the universal translator proves ineffective and unintelligible, because it is too deeply rooted in local metaphor to communicate ideas.
It should be noted that, unlike for instance in the Stargate universe, the different species are shown to have their own languages (for instance, Huttese), which are 'translated' for the viewer by means of subtitles, or a third character acting as an interpreter.
Universal design, also known as inclusive design, is the concept of designing beyond "average" people considering as main target audience the disabled and the elderly.
www.omniknow.com /common/wiki.php?in=en&term=Universal_translator   (3014 words)

 SCI FI Tech
Fortunately, the Army is working on a gadget that will allow people to translate languages in real time, with no need for the tedium that comes with learning a language that, if it isn't English, is probably useless.
The small computerlike device will translate language, both spoken (using a microphone) and printed (using a built-in camera), instantly — so all you have to do is speak into your handheld interpreter, and it'll do the talking.
While other translators have had trouble because they were designed to adhere to strict rules of grammar, the new device focuses on how a language is generally spoken on a day-to-day basis, which makes the process easier.
blog.scifi.com /tech/archives/coming_soon_the_universal_translator.html   (219 words)

 Universal Query Translator Configuration   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The universal translator is intended to be referenced from the configuration file in the following stylized manner:
Universal translator configuration files should be unit tested before being used in a running middleware, for it is infinitely easier.
where bucket99-config-file is the filename of a Bucket99 configuration file that refers to the universal translator configuration file being debugged, and query-file is the filename of a file containing an XML middleware query.
www.alexandria.ucsb.edu /~gjanee/beta/config.html   (570 words)

 True Universal Translator? - Page 2 - HERO GAMES Discussion Boards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Universal Translator power is hidden within an onboard computer system, whether ship-mounted or robodroid mounted or hand portable.
So, you have an AI that acts a a universal translator, and it is relatively cheap for it to be "near perfect" (ie.
This same idea extends to a nastier Firefly/B-5 universes where translators are uncommon or exist in varying forms of ability.
www.herogames.com /forums/showthread.php?p=87053   (493 words)

 Google Translator: The Universal Language
He compared translations of the current Google translator, and the status quo of the Google Research Lab’s activities.
To the translation system, any language is treated the same, and there is no manually created rule-set of grammar, metaphors and such.
This is the Rosetta Stone approach of translation.
blog.outer-court.com /archive/2005-05-22-n83.html   (993 words)

 SPACE.com -- Universal Translator Might be Needed to Understand ET
In the search for a universal language to overcome cultural differences between humans and extraterrestrials, many have emphasized knowledge that would be shared by extraterrestrial scientists.
For example, the metal plaques borne on two Pioneer spacecraft, launched by NASA in the 1970s, indicate our location in the galaxy relative to prominent pulsars that slowly and systematically change frequency over time—locating the spacecrafts’ launch in both time and space.
Anthropologist Ben Finney of the University of Hawai’i challenged the standard assumptions several years ago, by drawing on lessons learned from decoding Egyptian and Mayan hieroglypics—a story recounted in Atlanta.
www.space.com /searchforlife/seti_translator_050127.html   (1120 words)

 Universal Translator Deluxe - from CD-ROM Access
The Universal Translator Deluxe uses artificially intelligent, patent-pending, omnidirectional translation technology...allowing you to translate directly between different languages such as French to Chinese, or even Japanese to German.
Universal Translator Deluxe incorporates seemlessly into any text-based word processor allowing you to view, print, and type in 33 languages.
Universal Translator Deluxe provides you with a new breakthrough in machine-based translation technology: Omnidirectional translation.
www.cdaccess.com /html/pc/univtran.htm   (785 words)

 Jim Trageser's Lost in Cyberspace column from June 2, 1998: Translators put the Web into English
Universal Translator has a built-in tutorial game to supposedly help you learn a foreign language, and also includes fonts, clip-art and wallpaper for your Web site or desktop.
Universal Translator uses a separate program into which you must copy and paste the text in question.
And "autobus" is obviously "bus." Yet Universal Translator caught neither of those, while Power Translator not only got all the easy ones but also knew that "embotellamientos de tráfic" was a traffic jam.
www.trageser.com /computers/lic/1998-06-02.html   (910 words)

 "The Universal Translator" : Articles : HEARTLIGHT® Magazine
What makes this Universal Translator so laughable is that we have a hard time communicating coherently across generations in our families, not to mention the challenges and difficulties of communicating with the billions of other people on our own little blue planet who speak thousands of other languages.
To imagine we could speak our language and someone else could speak their own, no matter where they are from or whether or not anyone in our part of the universe has ever heard that language, is a pretty amazing leap of imagination.
We can be confident that we are heard and understood by the Creator of the Universe, because he has given us The Universal Translator.
www.heartlight.org /articles/200109/20010903_translator.html   (764 words)

 Universal translator talking dictionaries
These are all multi-language units that allow you to add another language by simply plugging in an inexpensive MMC card.
Translate 6 Eastern European languages with the Ectaco EE800.
Translate 6 Western European languages with the Ectaco EW800.
www.easytranslators.com /dictionaries/universal.html   (410 words)

 Translation Experts - Spanish translation French translation German translation translate translator dictionary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Translation Experts Limited is a company dedicated to the provision of products and services that bridge language barriers.
We have been developing natural language translation software, dictionaries and a network of expert translators around the world for a number of years and have a long list of very satisfied customers worldwide.
It is the first mobile telephone translation service to be offered in the world that translates singles words, phrases, sentences and web pages from one language to another.
www.tranexp.com /InterTran.cgi   (1500 words)

 Device translates spoken Japanese and English - 07 October 2004 - New Scientist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The text is then converted from Japanese to English or the other way by translation software and the resulting text is vocalised by a voice synthesiser.
The translator developed by NEC uses a conventional PC processor, running at 400 megahertz.
Alex Rudnicky, another expert in machine translation at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US, says the NEC system has definite potential but should not be thought of as a substitute for proper verbal communication.
www.newscientist.com /news/news.jsp?id=ns99996503   (534 words)

 Wired News: War-Zone Test for Babel-Fish Tool
The effort to combine machine translation and voice recognition, a project Darpa calls TranTac, is an extension of earlier research spearheaded by SRI that culminated in the Phraselator.
Moreover, machine translation technology is much better than it was a few years ago, said Bryce Benjamin, CEO of Language Weaver, one of the firms working on the Darpa project.
Precoda said the voice-to-voice translation technology could be put to the test in Iraq as early as this summer, but no timeline has been fixed.
www.wired.com /news/technology/0,1282,69537,00.html   (833 words)

 Universal Translator Software
Universal Translator 2000 is a program for Windows 95 and 98 that can translate any computer text into 40 languages.
Universal Translator 2000 includes everything you need to write, translate, and edit documents in 40 languages, including spell-checking in 35 languages.
Just because Universal Translator 2000 is already the world's most comprehensive multilingual translation system doesn't mean that the designers skimped on advanced and innovative features.
www.languagetranslator.com /software/unidelux.html   (797 words)

 The Linguistics of Star Trek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
We're asked to believe that they have a "universal translator" machine that smoothly translates the (in real time) the spoken words of a language it's hearing for the first time, spoken by people who presumably have a non-human brain structure under those bumpy foreheads.
Presumably this universal translator isn't scheduled to be invented by Earth technology, because we've definitely got more than a few hundred years of work to do.
She counts on it to faithfully translate her every nuance into the speech of aliens it's speaking to for the first time.
www.roving-mouse.com /mistranslation/misc/Star-Trek.html   (558 words)

 English-Turkish-English electronic dictionaries. Turkish Language Teacher translators by Ectaco, Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Universal organizer, synchronized with calculator, business scheduler, and a calendar comply to highest industry standards
Universal Translator™ includes all the linguistic power you need to travel around the world confidently.
The new ML320 Universal Translator™ includes all the linguistic power you need to travel around the world confidently.
www.ukshops.co.uk /linkup/dictionaries/turkish.html   (347 words)

 MobileCrunch » Is Zlango the Universal Translator?
So I can’t help but recall the amazing “Universal Translator” that Kirk and company used to whip out when dealing with particularly odd or ornery aliens.
Zlango, an Israeli company appears to have decided that our primary communication device, the mobile phone, needs to add some depth to its capabilities and has thus developed an application that is in effect the universal translator.
While we’ve a long way to go before speech will be instantly translated from any language, the clever team at Zlango, which according to TechCrunch was aided by Israeli design firm Mantis has figured out that a common tongue or should we say “vocabulary” could be created using icons that represent common concepts.
mobilecrunch.com /2006/06/28/is-zlango-the-universal-translator   (613 words)

 BBC NEWS | Technology | Robo-talk helps pocket translator
Small robots with friendly faces have helped out in the development of handheld translation gadgets to be tried out by travellers in Japan.
As well as being able to understand and imitate human behaviour, Papero (Partner-Type Personal Robot), is the first robot to translate verbally between two languages in colloquial tongue.
It has voice recognition, digital voice translation and a voice synthesiser to talk to users, explained Chris Shimizu, NEC's corporate relations manager, and the quality of the voice spoken back to users is much more human than robotic.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/technology/3513623.stm   (469 words)

 Universal Language Translator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Affiliate Translators Used With Permission - HTML Code is copyright 2001 by Systran, SDL and Web-a-dex.
Also can be used as a translating dictionary by just entering one word or phrase.
Translate back and forth from Arabic to English with free online language translator.
www.web-a-dex.com /translate.htm   (573 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Universal Translators Will Work"
If you are familiar with "Star Trek," then you know about the universal language translators that the show's writers created to deal with the communication problem posed by a multitude of different languages.
ViA, a wearable computer maker, has developed an Earth-based language translator that will be available later this year to the U.S. military and English-speaking consumers.
If you've ever wanted to speak multiple languages, you will want to read this edition of How Stuff WILL Work to learn how this translation device will turn you into a multilingual speaker with the press of a button.
electronics.howstuffworks.com /universal-translator.htm   (218 words)

In one New Generation episode, the translator is stumped by Darmok, a language which relies almost exclusively on cultural metaphors.
Only this makes no sense, as the metaphors are "frozen" (they always use the same metaphor to express a given concept), so the universal translator should be able to treat the whole metaphor as any other word.
One DS-9 episode had a new (humanoid) species emerge from the wormhole, and at first we heard their language directly, untranslated, because the universal translator had not yet isolated any consistent patterns to translate.
www2.truman.edu /~mshapiro/trek.html   (759 words)

 Halfbakery: Hieroglyphics Universal Translator
There's a large number of universal or nearly universal symbols already in every day use -- from traffic signs to Windows icons to emoticons.
Standardize on a modern, written hieroglyphic language that is capable of conveying a large number of concepts, including dealing with tenses, etc, perhaps by adding animated icons.
Except on a mobile device and translating to a new set of standardized symbols [theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]
www.halfbakery.com /idea/Hieroglyphics_20Universal_20Translator   (731 words)

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New York's hospitals will have to translate important medical documents and forms into any language spoken by more than one percent of the people in their service areas, according to new regulations proposed by the state Department of Health.
The regulations, which were developed in conjunction with the hospital industry and immigration advocates, were published in the state register on May 17th and could take effect within 45 days.
In an emergency room visit, translators should be available within ten minutes; in other wings of the hospital, a translator should be available within 20 minutes.
www.citylimits.org /content/articles/weeklyView.cfm?articlenumber=1914   (486 words)

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