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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | Human Rights | Scoop.it

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.


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Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 30, 2014 7:16 AM

This is going to be such a game changer for connecting learners globally!

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 2014 10:37 AM

Wow! 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 30, 2014 11:16 AM

Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

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Community leaders to fight human trafficking - New Vision

New Vision Community leaders to fight human trafficking New Vision A program to support community leaders to fight human trafficking and protect the rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers in the districts of Lira, Dokolo and Amolatar has...
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Are millennials perpetuating racism? - CNN

Are millennials perpetuating racism? - CNN | Human Rights | Scoop.it
While the millennial generation surges forward on issues such as same-sex marriage and transgender rights, the issue of racism and how to combat it remains
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Harassment and hostile work environment are major complaints of congressional ... - Washington Post (blog)

Harassment and hostile work environment are major complaints of congressional ... - Washington Post (blog) | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A new report indicates that congressional employees complain of harassment and hostile work environment far more than any other issue. Disparate treatment is in second place.
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There's more to battling racism than removing Confederate names and symbols

There's more to battling racism than removing Confederate names and symbols | Human Rights | Scoop.it
I don't want to take a stand that lands me on the side of racists and fans of the Confederacy. But I can't support the push by civil rights activists and Sacramento politicians to force a Long Beach elementary school to erase Robert E.
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Well-written piece on this latest issue splitting our nation.

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White Texas Minister Sets Himself On Fire, Dies In Protest Of Racism And Homosexual Discrimination

White Texas Minister Sets Himself On Fire, Dies In Protest Of Racism And Homosexual Discrimination | Human Rights | Scoop.it
With some ministers claiming they would set themselves on fire if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, one retired minister did just that last
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Ridiculous! (IMHO)

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Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians: Sonali Kolhatkar

Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians: Sonali Kolhatkar | Human Rights | Scoop.it
We cannot deny that there has been a long-standing problem of racism against African-Americans in Asian communities. Facing our biases and joining the struggle for racial justice is our only hope for redemption.
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Supreme Court: Institutional Racism is Real - Daily Beast

Supreme Court: Institutional Racism is Real - Daily Beast | Human Rights | Scoop.it
In extending “disparate impact” reasoning to housing cases, the Supreme Court acknowledges that discrimination comes from more than just individual bad actors—it stems from a system that stacks the deck against black people.
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Child trafficking research paper

Child trafficking research paper - http://essays.metacraftt.com The Best Essay Writing Service for Students Everyone knows that writing essays is a daunting ...
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New Effort to Fight Sex Trafficking: Training Hotel Workers - NET Website

New Effort to Fight Sex Trafficking: Training Hotel Workers - NET Website | Human Rights | Scoop.it
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“Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will.
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Morgan Freeman Explains the Deeper Issue Behind Racism

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In a recent interview with EW Radio on Sirius XM, Morgan Freeman explains why racism is more complex than it may appear.
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Post the human trafficking hotline number in all rest stops on the National Highway System | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Post the human trafficking hotline number in all rest stops on the National Highway System | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | Human Rights | Scoop.it
RT @Lightinvalley: SIGN&RETWEET our petition http://t.co/SKJmxmvJ9b to help PV high school students end sex trafficking @simeontalley @SJSw…
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Federal bill passed will help law enforcement fight human trafficking - KSAT San Antonio

Federal bill passed will help law enforcement fight human trafficking - KSAT San Antonio | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A bill titled the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate after being introduced two years ago.
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American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations

American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations | Human Rights | Scoop.it
RT @TheFinalCall: American hypocrisy exposed: Racism, police brutality and human rights violations http://t.co/7N78lSPhdL http://t.co/HBNbe…;
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Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking - Huffington Post

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking - Huffington Post | Human Rights | Scoop.it
It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel.
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Racism in Football | Amazing Documentary 2015

Does racism exist in Football? Violence against women. Documentary HD criminal organization criminal minds califronia gangs los angelos gangs Abuse ...
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Time for Congress to fight: Fraud, Sex Trafficking, Racism, and Child ...

Time for Congress to fight: Fraud, Sex Trafficking, Racism, and Child ... | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Betty Cockrum, Planned Parenthood of Indiana's president and CEO, issued a statement saying the assistant violated the group's policies on reporting abuse. ....
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25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking - YouTube

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking. https://twitter.c...
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It is mind-boggling to me that so few people understand the scope of human trafficking and how little our lawmakers have done to protect the terrible abuses suffered by the victims.

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The Confederate Flag Flap Is a Distraction From Tough Issues of Racism

The Confederate Flag Flap Is a Distraction From Tough Issues of Racism | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The more we talk about a symbol like the Confederate flag, the less time we spend on a plan to eliminate the racism that motivated alleged Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylan Roof.
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New Phase in Federal Effort to Combat Human Trafficking - ABC News

New Phase in Federal Effort to Combat Human Trafficking - ABC News | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The Justice Department is announcing a new phase in efforts to combat human trafficking.
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3 Misconceptions about Human Trafficking We Need to Change

3 Misconceptions about Human Trafficking We Need to Change | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The first step toward ending human trafficking is a better understanding of it.
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Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue | Human Rights | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said…
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This story is both extremelay disturbing and very depressing. Our closest entity to a semi-governmental world watchdog, the United Nations,  lists HUMAN RIGHTS as one of its three "pillars"  yet simply ignores acts of pervertion against children under their watch.

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Asian-American groups accuse Harvard of discrimination - WQAD.com

Asian-American groups accuse Harvard of discrimination - WQAD.com | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A coalition of Asian-American organizations says the federal government should step in to change Harvard's approach to admissions, accusing the university of racial discrimination.
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Human Trafficking Discussion Aims to Raise Awareness

Human Trafficking Discussion Aims to Raise Awareness | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A pair of TPD officers gave The League of Women Voters an inside look into the world of human trafficking.
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Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights and Human Rights

Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights and Human Rights | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Can our degradation and abuse of other species be compared with racism, sexism and other crimes against fellow humans?
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North Korea turning to human trafficking for foreign currency - MarketWatch

North Korea turning to human trafficking for foreign currency - MarketWatch | Human Rights | Scoop.it
To generate new income, the North Korean government has engaged in state-sponsored trafficking of its citizens, sending them to work as forced laborers in other countries and confiscating all or most of their wages.
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