The death of language? How translation apps are poised to change the world

Afrikaans into Khmer? No problem. Hungarian into Punjabi? Easy peasy.

Once the realm of pure science fiction, new technology that allows people to communicate instantly with each other using different languages is now a reality – and it’s poised to change the world. 

That at least is the bold claim made by experts amid rapid advances in translation technology – based on sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The $50bn (£40bn) global market for translation technology is booming and it promises to upend everything from education and travel to the world of business, work and diplomacy. 

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