The Babel fish gave Arthur Dent, the protagonist of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the ability to communicate with any creature he encountered, regardless of which language they spoke. Picture: BBC
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

When AI catches up to fiction – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish may soon exist

While a translator on par with Douglas Adams’ fictitious fish doesn’t exist yet, auto-translation systems have made great strides, even coming to the rescue of endangered languages

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The Babel fish gave Arthur Dent, the protagonist of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the ability to communicate with any creature he encountered, regardless of which language they spoke. Picture: BBC
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