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Growth of online connectivity shaping cultures around the world; diversity of all kinds gaining new influence; the fusion of ideas and perspectives—this page covers the trends and news that will influence culture into the future.

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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uoo-tdm042619.php
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EurekAlert!
New analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford, predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the future.
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https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/2/18510958/social-media-addiction-boredom-loneliness-society-technology-smart-phones
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Vox
Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That’s partly due to technology.
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https://onezero.medium.com/how-facebook-has-flattened-human-communication-c1525a15e9aa
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OneZero
The primitive level of user feedback encouraged by online services is a feature, not a bug. It is vastly easier for a computer to make sense out of a “like” or a “⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” than to parse meaning out of…
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https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/language-expert-says-english-global-dominance-could-be-threatened-by-technology/news-story/93d6cead8821a5861ac2995fcf850973
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News.com.au
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47790128
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BBC
Africa may save France's language from the decline it is experiencing elsewhere in the world.
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https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ai-is-coming-closer-to-deciphering-lost-languages#.XTKRuOhKiiM
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Discover
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/arts/latin-dictionary.html
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The New York Times
Researchers in Germany have been working on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae since the 1890s. They hope to finish in 2050, but that might be optimistic.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/07/01/65601/machine-learning-has-been-used-to-automatically-translate-long-lost-languages/
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MIT Technology Review
In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to hunt for more evidence. He quickly found numerous stones and tablets bearing similar scripts and dated them from…
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https://nypost.com/2018/02/16/worldwide-ai-consciousness-may-replace-human-speech/
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New York Post
In just 32 years, humans won’t speak to each other and will instead communicate through a worldwide consciousness instead – using just our brains —...
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https://singularityhub.com/2018/03/04/why-hasnt-ai-mastered-language-translation/#sm.0000uhujtmo5qe17uci2034tixmtc
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Singularity Hub
The world is experiencing a state of unprecedented connectivity thanks to technology. But language remains a barrier. Even though technological devices can quickly and easily connect, humans from different parts of the world often can’t. Translation software may be the solution, but it isn't yet perfect—here's why.
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https://www.cnet.com/news/alien-languages-might-not-be-that-different-from-humans-says-noam-chomsky/
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CNET
ETs may share a kind of 'universal grammar' with us, say leading linguists like Noam Chomsky.
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https://www.engadget.com/2018-05-23-animal-translation-technology-talk-to-me.html
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Engadget
Brooklyn, New York -- Scooby, my friend Gram's dog, isn't exactly inscrutable. As a rambunctious five-year-old pit bull, he usually makes whatever he wants you to know fairly apparent. When Scooby first sees you, he tells you he's happy by wagging his tail and, when he's feeling particularly naughty, jumping up to lick your face. When he wants to play tug-of-war, he grabs a toy and presents it, hi
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https://www.xda-developers.com/google-translate-offline-translations-machine-learning/
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XDA Developers
Today, the Google showed how Google Translate benefits from using on-device machine learning technology for offline translations.
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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/02/amazon-patents-a-real-time-accent-translator/
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TechCrunch
Amazon has been granted a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn't mean the company has made it, but there's also no technical reason why it can't do so.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/9ndike/future_languages/
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Reddit
133 votes, 247 comments. We can all agree that languages around the world change with time. Languages gain dominance or get reduced to being …
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/style/vowels-no-more.html
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The New York Times
Consider the muumuu.
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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/8/18170806/google-assistant-translate-languages-real-time-interpreter-ces-2019?amp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3B=
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The Verge
Google Assistant will soon be able to act as your real-life translator in 27 different languages. Google announced today that the voice assistant is getting a new "interpreter mode" that can translate in real time so you can hold conversations with someone who doesn’t share the same tongue. It works, but it’s not magic.
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https://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/col-government-predictive-power-natural-language-processing.html
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GOVERNING
From preventing terrorism to spotting restaurant heath violations, a form of artificial intelligence called natural language processing can help connect the dots.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/05/20/103054/google-ai-language-translation/
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MIT Technology Review
Listen to this Spanish audio clip. This is how its English translation might sound when put through a traditional automated translation system. Now this is how it sounds when put through Google’s new automated translation system. The results aren’t perfect, but you can sort of hear how Google’s translator was able to retain the voice…
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https://news.siu.edu/2019/05/052219-linguistics-professor-to-present-on-the-future-of-communication-with-interstellar-travel.php
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SIU Carbondale
Interstellar travel may be a thing of the future, but how will people communicate if it actually happens? Southern Illinois University linguistics professor Jeffrey Punske is on the topic, presenting his unique perspective at the European Space Agency’s upcoming Interstellar Travel workshop.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/brain-computer-interface-neuralink-elon-musk-telepathy-a9097821.html
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The Independent
People will communicate 'not only without speaking but without words - through access to each other's thoughts at a conceptual level'