December 4, 2009

Google is out to demolish the outcome of Babel

"Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'" (Genesis 11:4).
God came down and confused the language of men - you know the Story of Tower of Babel. That is how Bible tries to explain the existence of different languages. Since the Tower of Babel, we have thousands of languages and as many cultures. We had no clue what was happening in different cultures and languages across the world. Today, Google integrated their Translation feature into their Search Engine and from today on we can look up what people are writing in other languages too.

Google says this is just to help people who travel out of their country. But I think this means a lot to even others. Now, I hope to look up and see what other languages has got to say about the doubt I want to clear using Google.



Now, next time you go to Google, click on "Show Option" and add as many languages as you would like to the Search result. Google will pick the translated results for you and you can know what people in other languages think about your topic. I hope God won't come down this time and confuse Google!

Image from Google Blog

2 comments:

  1. I agree the your Tower of Babel comment.

    However, in today's World. the language problem is still relevant and I believe that the World, now, needs a common, non-national, neutral language!

    Why not teach such a language, in all countries, in all schools, worldwide?

    The contest between English and Esperanto seems to be a David & Goliath situation. But don't forget who won in the end

    Your readers may be interested in http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations.

    A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

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  2. Thank you Brian, for the comment :)

    I love the idea behind Esperanto - the idea of a common, non-national and neutral language as you put it. And I am surprised and glad that it is catching up, defying the conventional norms about Language. However, I am still skeptic about the chances of an artificially created language to survive.

    I know the language problem is still relevant. I am thankful to Google they took a step forward and brought all of us a bit closer by incorporating the translation tool to search :)

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