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The Future of Language

Updated Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Language is one of the essential characteristics of what it means to be human. It’s the foundation for our culture and civilisation. But with the rapid rise of new communication technologies, there’s been speculation in some places that language as we know it may become obsolete in the near future!

This short animation examines how social and technological changes are likely to transform the way we communicate over the coming decades.


Will machine translation make learning a foreign language redundant? Will a mixture of brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence mean that we’ll soon be able to talk to each other via computer-enabled technology? And what will all this mean for issues such as privacy, surveillance and the future shape of society?


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