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Asia Online appears to have manufactured itself that exact scenario in Asia with its new self-learning statistical machine translation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_translation language technologies which it is focusing on Asian languages – as the knowledge-deprived populations of Southern Asian countries adopt the internet, Asia Online looks set to play a huge role by providing information in the language of choice for the dozens of previously information-disenfranchised population groups – groups which will make up roughly half of the internet user base within four years.
From a big picture point of view, Asia Online’s self learning Statistical Machine Translation (SMT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrimati ) could have some remarkable outcomes for the internet and mobile telephone worlds as web pages, blogs, instant messaging and virtually any form of written communication, including instantaneous translation of signposts in a foreign land, will become possible in the short to medium term future.
Asia Online’s tag line is “The World Speaks One language – YOURS” and that’s clearly where things are headed for the company. Everyone will be able to read all information in their own language, eliminating one of the greatest barriers to education and the common man becoming ‘well informed’. In the foreseeable future, a blog post will be equally accessible to a Tagalog speaker in the Phillipines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines or a Kymer speaker in Cambodia as it is presently to the world’s English speakers.