How Computers Translate Human Language

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Universal Translating Devices? Babel Fish? Johnny Mnemonics? Although standard features of science fiction, computer translating programs have a ways to go before they achieve the success seen in TV shows and films. Here's why.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids use a translation program and record the results of their efforts
Classroom Considerations

  • Flip the lesson and have kids watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and practice using a translation program out of class, saving class time for discussion

  • The video explores the complexity of the problem of creating a translation program
  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, suggestions for further research, and a discussion question

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