Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Luis von Ahn is featured in CNN.com’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 CNN.com 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.”