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The ‘human-machine era’ is coming soon: a time when technology is integrated with our senses, not confined to mobile devices. It means that the hardware will move from our hands into our eyes and ears. Intelligent eyewear and earwear will be able to translate another person’s words, and make it look and sound like they were talking to you in your language. But not only will technology mediate what we see, hear and say in real time – it will be having increasingly complex conversations with us.

Together with professional animators, LITHME has produced a series of videos that illustrate how new technologies – including augmented and virtual reality, and brain-machine interfaces – can soon reshape the way we use language. In addition, an international online survey has been launched to gather insights from the viewers.

Members from each LITHME working group have contributed to the forecast report titled ‘Dawn of the Human-Machine Era’. The report describes the current state and probable future trajectories of various language technologies – for written, spoken, haptic and signed modalities of language.

Documentary about LITHME produced by UNED and broadcasted in the Spanish national TV on December 2021.

Action chair Dave Sayers shares what LITHME is about in this video produced by the Grant Holder Institute University of Jyväskylä.

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