Speaking Klingon

Monday 30 March 2009

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Ever try talking to an alien? In the movies, they always speak perfect English. But what if we really made contact? Could we just whip out a universal translator – or even a babelfish – to understand one another?

Let’s say we do learn to communicate: what to say, what to say? We’ll hear the protocol for just how to reply to ET. And, from Klingon to Esperanto: the recipe for creating a language from scratch.

Plus, get ready to babble with your Blackberry: how computers are learning to recognize – and respond – to human speech.

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