Microsoft Corporation has announced plans to offer real-time translation from one language to another via computer and this new technology could potentially make it possible for every person on earth to hear the Gospel in their own language one day. The company introduced the concept a few years ago, and now they are ready to take it to next level by adding the software to the popular Skype program. At first, only a handful of languages will be available, though Microsoft hopes to add more languages quickly. The original concept, demonstrated by Microsoft Vice President Gurdeep Singh Pall, when he used a computer to translate a speech from English into Chinese. Admitting that it is often difficult to turn innovations into commercial success, Singh Pall observed, “Every piece of technology was there, but it’s never been put together.” He said the goal is to get the technology out there with the languages it can do well and go from there. He added, “There’s a lot of ‘moonshot’ going on in our world. You’ve got to make it land.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Microsoft’s Skype “Star Trek” Language Translator Takes on Tower of Babel, By Ina Fried, http://recode.net/2014/05/27/microsofts-skype-star-trek-language-translator-takes-on-tower-of-babel, Accessed May 27, 2014.
Matthew 24:14 (HCSB) This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.