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Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding

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Universal translator

Developing a universal translator means teaching a computer to think like a human.

Credit: Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR

It was early 1954 when computer scientists, for the first time, publicly revealed a machine that could translate between human languages. It became known as the Georgetown-IBM experiment: an "electronic brain" that translated sentences from Russian into English.

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