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.
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.