Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Google Talk bots bring real-time translation to IM

New Google Talk bots bring real-time translation to IM

This is very (or "effing," as one friend puts it) cool, and the inevitable failures should prove to be more amusing than annoying for something which -- think about it -- defies the laws of nature as we know them, or at least the gods.

But I was really jarred by this passage:
"Another bizarre problem in testing was that some combinations of bots would begin to translate each other. When translating English to German, for example, the English bot would occasionally re-translate a statement that was just converted from English to German."
Isn't that what caused SkyNet to become self-aware?