How Ai Translation Could Unseat English As The Lingua Franca Of The Business World

from Fast Company

Anyone who has traveled to a country where the language spoken is not their native one knows that not conversing fluently (or at all) can turn even a VIP into a second-class citizen. Einstein himself would have struggled to express his intelligence in, say, Farsi. In one of my favorite episodes of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria says in frustration, “You don’t know how smart I am in Spanish!” Even fluent speakers can face bias if they have an accent because of certain underlying perceptions that your language skills are correlated with your intelligence.

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  1. As the article clearly explained, there is no doubt that as of now or in recent years that English is the lingua franca of the world of business. Pretty much all major companies operate through communications through the English language. For a personal example, my cousin who is from Mexico and works for Panasonic, and he travelled to Japan on a business trip. There he talked to the higher ups in the company all in English. His English is not the best, and neither is theirs, but it has been totally adopted as the business language of the world. Human beings’ minds are very good at processing information, and I would say faster than any computer ever made. However, the computer outstretches us when it comes to memory. That’s why most people cannot have mastery of more than 2-3 languages, but computers AI can have mastery of almost all major languages of the world. AI making it to where we can all communicate in our native tongues is a true game changer. I think for most Americans that want to compete which people of different countries; this is a large blow. One thing that Americans had going for them was that they are now native speakers in the lingua franca of the world so they will always have a linguistic advantage over any foreigner in the business world. However, this advantage could become pretty irrelevant. Now talented people from all over the world may have the edge over privileged less cultured Americans. Translating technologies can now let anyone do work as effectively as possible in their own language. I believe that if this plays out this could have great economic impact on all major economies. For any job that can be done remotely companies are now incentivized to only hire workers from countries that they can pay the lowest possible wages to their employees. It will be definitely interesting to see how this all plays out in the near future; to see if possibly less inclined Americans can find a way to compete with elite foreign competition of other countries who will no longer be at a linguistic disadvantage.

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