English (The Language) is one of the major languages in the world, almost all of the countries are English-speaking or they have the capable of speaking the said vernacular.
However, some expert said the global language may end its reign soon.
According to Gaston Dorren, the moniker of English will going to change but it will not take over by another language, – it’s technology.
In an interview with News.com, Dorren said “it’s not the Mandarin or any other language that is likely to become the undoing of English.”
Researchers are getting closer and closer to creating translation tech that can do the same thing as this fictional fish. Dorren refers to this on-the-horizon device as a “Babel Chip,” and once it arrives, non-native speakers will have far less incentive to learn English — or any second language, for that matter.
“[Learning languages] will still be valuable for all sorts of cultural and psychological reasons, but the majority won’t bother,” Dorren told news.com.au.
It’s hard to look at recent innovations and not see the same future Dorren envisions.
Just a few weeks ago, Google unveiled “Interpreter Mode”, a new feature for its Google Assistant that can translate between 27 languages in real-time, and other companies have already unveiled devices that literally put language translation tech right in a person’s ear.
Still, none of these devices are skilled enough to render human translators or language teachers obsolete — and they might not be for a while yet.
According to Dorren, the creation of the Babel Chip “may take longer than the boffins think, for language is more complex than they give it credit for.”