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nyt: In 24-Hour News Times, Real-Time Translation

In 24-Hour News Times, Real-Time Translation

The New York Times

Most Americans likely have difficulty understanding the broadcasts of Al
Jazeera, the Arab news network, but several government agencies now can
watch it while simultaneously receiving an English translation of the

Virage Inc., a San Mateo, Calif., a maker of Internet video technologies,
has recently supplied several unnamed United States intelligence agencies
with a system that will provide real-time voice recognition and English
translation of foreign-language news broadcasts.

The system, which was financed last year by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, can run on any fast personal computer,
generating scrolling text displays of both Arabic and translated English


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