Hyperchannel 15: The Tower of Babel Crumbles / by Trek fm

Microsoft brings Star Trek's Universal Translator to Skype | Rebooted TNG coming in 2016?

Microsoft brings Star Trek's Universal Translator to Skype

Are you tired of being misunderstood. Wish you could speak a foreign language? If Microsoft's new Star Trek-like translation technology works, the Tower of Babel could come crumbling down in the near future. Demonstrating a version of Skype containing new on-the-fly translation technology, Microsoft is showing off a tool that allows people who speak different languages to communicate in real time, just as on  Star Trek. Will it work? That remain to be seen. But the product is scheduled to enter beta later this year.

Find out more about the technology at <re/code>.net.


Rebooted TNG coming in 2016? (Don't hold your breath.)

As we get closer to the 50th anniversary year of Star Trek, rumors about the next television series are heating up. We've heard a number of different rumors over the past few months—none substantiated, of course. The latest rumor suggests that a new series will premiere in 2016 right after the third (and final) JJ Abrams film leaves theatres. The subject? A reboot of The Next Generation. Will it happen? We doubt it. Do you even want to see it? No link for this story as it's just a rumor, but send us feedback and tell us what you think.

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