I love technology.
There is a new prototype, an ear piece that translates as someone speaks, I think that’s a really cool invention.
As a person, I am fascinated with other languages, sadly I do not have time to practice and learn as much as I would like to and this invention has its pros and cons.
The biggest con is that people will no longer find the need to learn new languages. It is worth mentioning that when you learn a language it’s not just the words that you learn to speak and understand but also you learn about the people who speak it, consequently the culture the language represents. It would be a shame to miss out on all that rich knowledge because of this invention.
On the flip side, this invention would open more opportunities and in some ways make the world a smaller place, we will truly become one race because we will no longer have the barrier of not understanding each other, literally. Imagine all the places that we can now travel to without hesitation. I’d feel slightly shy to go to a foreign place if I knew people didn’t speak English well enough to understand what I am trying to say.
I’m curious to see how this pans out. Ironically this motivates me to actually learn more languages, I’d love to speak many languages and not just understand what is being said. 🙂