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Transcendent Man and Language Barriers

December 27, 2009

Many of us are familiar with the name Kurzweil in relation to electronic keyboards and music. Yet, Raymond Kurzweil is not considered a famous person. Besides electronic music technology, Ray Kurzweil has been intimately involved in development of other important technologies including optical character recognition (OCR), digital voice recognition and automated text-to-voice language translation. He is an author and the subject of a documentary titled Transcendent Man. Kurzweil is not without controversy and his critics think he’s a bit wacky. Nonetheless, his work in the language translation field is impressive. Below are videos of voice-text-voice-text language translation technology demonstrated by Ray Kurzweil and a trailer for the documentary Transcendent Man.

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