The Translator

An Urgent Need For Learning a New Language

“You see it’s like a portmanteau — there are two meanings packed up into one word” — Humpty Dumpty To Alice (Through The Looking Glass, 1871)

In Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty explains Alice the meaning of some words in the poem Jabberwocky. One such word is mimsy which is a combination of miserable and flimsy. Jabberwocky is considered the greatest nonsense poem in English and involves the killing of a mythical beast — the Jabberwock.

A New Dictionary

The term Bitcoin has entered the global lexicon and is part of the Oxford Living Dictionary. In the past as is the case today, the impact of an event on society can be measured by the entry of words into the English dictionary.

Cultural differences

Just as the English language unified almost half of the world, the language of technology will surpass English and become lingua Franca for the whole world. Cultural differences, then will be a matter of people who know that language and others who don’t.

Software revolution

When the Model T was released by Ford, the impact of the industrial revolution was very visible and transportation was a very tangible experience.

On the Common Man

Imagine the common man talking to bots instead of call centers. Call centers took a while to get used to and so will bots. Many bots are Turing complete (mimic human interaction) but there is still a long way to go.

Conclusion

Twenty years from now (give or take a decade because I am not an oracle), if you don’t know basic technology and to some extent basic Chinese, the earth will certainly seem like an alien planet to you.

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Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

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