Technology and Communication / by Simmon Li

The other day, I spent the whole evening talking with someone, but in a very od way. My cousin said to me "You two remind me of that one episode of some show, where people are IM'ing each other while sitting next to each other." It was true, the girl I was talking with was sitting right beside me. But the difference was that she didn't understand English all that well, and I didn't understand Mandarin all that well. How were we talking? Through two windows opened to Google's translation service. At the time, I didn't really think about how amazing that was. I just remember thinking "THIS IS SO COOL" and "she's pretty". Afterwards though, I thought about it and it was really quite an extraordinary thing we were doing. Using the power of technology we were able to get to know each other without being to even exchange more than simple phrases. Really amazing. I can't wait until this kind of technology matures.