We played 10-language ‘Telephone’ with this universal translator — and things got messy


Ever since I read about the Babel fish in
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’ve loved the idea of a Luckily, it seems like lots of tech companies feel the same way and there are a shit tonne of products out there promising And one of the latest of these, the WT2 Plus. Basically, these are two earbuds that help people communicate in They work in a variety of ways and have different modes, but the most interesting one is their promise of delivering between two people where you put one earbud in one person and the other in another. Team TNW has employees from all
over the globe, so to test out the WT2 Plus we knew what we had to do: play an if you’re from the UK. and see what phrase we get out at the end. So, how we’re going to do this? Well, we’re going to start with an English phrase, translate it through as many languages as possible, and then at the end, retranslate it into
English and see what we got. Then the phrase: what we’re going to use? Well, we’re thinking about going for a tongue twister, but that seemed a little too mean. So instead, we’re going to use the of Jane Austen’s famous Pride and Prejudice. Okay, so what we ended up with when the phrase
was translated back to English was But that’s kind of beside the point. We knew we were going to get something weird when we put it through so many languages or so many different people, and you know, it’s going to happen. But that doesn’t really go against
the fact that this is still an The fact you could use this
and talk to people all over the world and generally get the core of their meaning is pretty fantastic. I mean, the only thing is But you could probably do a lot of this with your phone, but then That’s even a word? So see you next time. Peace out.

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