Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd May 2008 20:52 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News One of the biggest problems facing the European Union today is the fact that within its borders, 23 languages are spoken. This means that all the important documents have to be translated by a whole army of translators, which costs the taxpayer more than 1 billion Euros a year - and companies trading within the EU spend millions more. The EU-funded TC-STAR project aims to tackle this issue with technology: a system that eats speech in one language, and outputs that same speech in another.
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But, considering the geopolitical state of the world right now, isn't it somewhat illusory to hope to reach the "critical mass" in a reasonable time frame?

Sure, If the EU decided to make it an official curriculum, the risk you describe would be there. However, critical mass would be achieved within 10-20 years (especially since I've no doubt that China would immediatly jump on the bandwagon).

I wonder whether there's been any kind of lobbying to the Council of Europe about it. Anybody knows?

Edited 2008-05-06 10:01 UTC

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