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  • OK Google. Say where is the taxi stand in Portuguese.

    Posted on December 14th, 2019 at 06:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Most of the time new technology doesn’t mean much to me. Tell me that Microsoft has a new set of icons and I start snoring. Show me a fancy new laptop and I rarely raise an eyebrow — except at the price. Mobile phones were a biggie, but it was years before I took them seriously. Same for WiFi. Car backup cameras. Big TVs.

    There are exceptions. My first non-trivial FORTRAN program blew me away. When I plugged in a bunch of Google Mesh nodes and WiFi just worked. The iPad. First ride in a Tesla. Windows Home Server. Roomba. Alexa.

    This morning I had another “kapow!” moment and wanted to make sure you know about. Google’s Interpreter, which was released a couple of days ago.

    I pick up my phone and say OK Google. Say what is for breakfast in Thai. A voice comes back to me in perfect Thai.

    OK Google. Say where is the bathroom in Russian.

    OK Google Say where is the taxi stand in Portuguese.

    This, my friends, is some serious magic. The Hitchhiker’s Babel fish is almost here.