Language translation is a hot topic and the military researchers at DARPA are on top of it. The agency's Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE) program is designed to translate and distill foreign language material (television shows and newspapers) in near real-time, highlight the salient information, and store the results in a searchable database. GALE is making progress toward achieving this very ambitious goal by 2011. The agency is developing the System for Tactical Use program, a two-way speech translation system to convert spoken foreign language input to English output and vice versa.
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