I have been playing with a feature on Google Plus, that I must admit is making me quite excited for the future! Google Translate is automatically included in comments. Is Google Plus the new tower of Babel?
According to the Bible in Genesis chapter 11 verse 6 (NIV) God says, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Personally I say so be it! Imagine if man could finally work together and put our efforts towards a peaceful purpose. The question, has more to do with open communication with our fellow man rather than anything to do with religion. I want to make it clear that this article is about the similarities between an ancient story and what is occurring here and now.
Last night I made a post on Google Plus to show why I think Google Plus with the help of Google Translate is the new tower of Babel. Go ahead scroll through the comments on the post and when you see a comment in another language that has, “translate” on it, click it. You see, Google Translate does a decent job of translating the text. I chose the term, “I Love Google Plus” because it was universal and simple.
I hear comments by some of my peers that they do not like having non-English speaking followers and choose not to follow these international folks back. I say they are missing a grand opportunity to bridge the gap of language and culture with a simple tool like Google Translate in Google Plus comments. You see Ana Hilarski and I are building a base of worldwide followers speaking hundreds of different languages.
The days of an English dominated business and entertainment world are coming to an end. This may seem offensive to my English speaking friends, but history tends to repeat itself. Remember the language of Rome? Let me remind you, it was Latin. When was the last time someone spoke to you in Latin?
I personally believe the language of the future will be math and tech. Soon we will have automatic translation embedded in our technologies, Google Plus is just a tiny step in that direction. Imagine speaking to someone with wearable tech like Google Glass that will automatically translate a conversation for you on the screen, or one step further send the translation into a speaker embedded in your ear. Did you just get chills? Technology is moving forward and the barriers of language and culture are quickly being broken down!
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Humans are close to reaching a point of universal understanding of spoken language with the help of technology. If Google Plus is the new tower of Babel, then it is just the beginning. I am personally ecstatic with the possibilities that lie before us as humans.
I would like to ask a favor of my peers. Please begin to reach out and connect to people from other cultures and languages. Google Plus has given you and I a tool to help bridge the gap easier, start using it.