Archive for January 9th, 2012


First Person: “The Man Who Wants to Translate the Web”

January 9th, 2012

Luis von Ahn, announcing Duolingo [image courtesy TED].Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Luis von Ahn is featured in’s TEDTalk Tuesdays this week for his Duolingo project, which seeks to provide a free way to learn languages and translate the World Wide Web. Check out Luis’s write-up for below, and video of his TED Talk after the jump.

I want to translate the Web into every major language: every webpage, every video, and, yes, even Justin Bieber’s tweets.


With its content split up into hundreds of languages — and with over 50% of it in English — most of the Web is inaccessible to most people in the world. This problem is pressing, now more than ever, with millions of people from China, Russia, Latin America and other quickly developing regions entering the Web. In this TED talk, I introduce my new project, called Duolingo, which aims at breaking the language barrier, and thus making the Web truly “world wide.”


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New DoD Strategy Puts Focus on Technological Innovation

January 9th, 2012

Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense [image courtesy DoD].President Obama, together with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and members of the Armed Forces, rolled out a new military strategy in a much-publicized event at the Pentagon last week. What’s interesting is that the strategy calls for an increased investment on technological innovation, including in areas of cybersecurity and intelligence systems.

As the President penned in his written introduction to the strategy:

As we end today’s wars and reshape our Armed Forces, we will ensure that our military is agile, flexible, and ready for the full range of contingencies. In particular, we will continue to invest in the capabilities critical to future success, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; counterterrorism; countering weapons of mass destruction; operating in anti-access environments; and prevailing in all domains, including cyber.

The Joint Force “will have cutting edge capabilities” that exploit “our technological, joint, and networked advantage,” Secretary Panetta added.

Among the “selective additional investment” areas (after the jump):

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