Translate This Google's Quest to End the Language Barrier

Can the language barrier be breached? Google certainly thinks so: Under the leadership of a computer scientist from Germany, the company is making progress toward a universal translation tool. But competition is looming from Microsoft and Facebook.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen in the reflection of the interpreter's booth at a Berlin press briefing in 2009.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen in the reflection of the interpreter's booth at a Berlin press briefing in 2009.

Foto: Markus Schreiber/ AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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