InfoWorld – November 13, 2009
To solve that problem, Cisco would have had to achieve a goal that has eluded some of the best minds in computing, according to Dan Miller, an analyst at Opus Research. In fact, the investment required would be probably too great for the company to ever earn back by selling a product, he said.
“There’s every reason to believe that government projects are pretty far along in certain selected languages … but it’s going to be a while before there would be an economically viable 20-language simultaneous translation component to TelePresence,” Miller said.
He predicted a fully automated, real-time system wouldn’t come for at least three years, and maybe never.
“There’s some human interaction to make it accurate. I think that’s always going to be true,” Miller said. “Any (translation) application anyone develops, there’s got to be some kind of review cycle.”
From the article, “Cisco’s TelePresence translation will have to wait”, by Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service, November 13, 2009