The Language Barrier Is About to Fall – WSJ

In 10 years people will wear earpieces that whisper realtime translations of foreign languages, and language barriers will fall forever.

Much of the success of globalization depends on English as a common language. There are now twice as many non-native English speakers as natives speakers. “Currently, when Korean-speaking businesspeople speak with Mandarin-speaking executives at a conference in Brazil, they converse in English. There will no longer be this need, opening the door of global business for nonelites and a massive number of non-English speakers.”

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