Google announced a few months ago that its PixelBuds were better than Apple's AirPods because Google's units offer real-time language translation. In a design that's remarkably close to the fictional babel fish of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, these let you listen to a foreign language and have it instantly translated to your native tongue. Fantastic stuff.
Language translation has come a long way and now automatically appears in services like Gmail and Facebook. It may never be as good as a native language translator, but it is shrinking our world.
What if your documents, emails and Facebook posts are being logged as you translate them? What if, for example, the NSA cuts a deal with Facebook to get a copy every time someone in the U.S. translates something from Russian to English?
If you go down Paranoid Road very far, you can imagine a convergence with all the other anxiety-provoking technologies. What if your beloved Amazon Echo offers a translation service so you can talk to anyone from anywhere, while the government listens in?
This is all scary stuff. Sounds like a good time to watch something a little less technically terrifying, like It.
Or should that be IT?