Google seeks world of instant translations - washingtonpost.com: "Google chairman Eric Schmidt also sees broad political consequences of a world with easy translations.
'What happens when we have 100 languages in simultaneous translation? Google and other companies are working on statistical machine translation so that we can on demand translate everything all the time,' he told a conference earlier this year.
'Many, many societies have operated in language-defined communities where they really don't understand and are not particularly sympathetic to other peoples' views because of the barrier of language. We're about to have that breakthrough and it is a huge thing.'"