Fridaygram: translation birthday, photos in trees, giants on streets

APR 27, 2012
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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

One of my favorite "living in the future" moments happens when I visit a webpage that’s not written in English. As you probably know, when this happens, Chrome figures out which language the page is using, and offers to translate it for me. That’s really cool. This week we celebrated the 6th anniversary of Google Translate’s statistical machine translation technology, which powers the Chrome translation scenario and many others.

Google Translate now works across 64 different languages, with more added from time to time. From modest beginnings, Google Translate now performs most of the translation work on Earth, translating one million books’ worth of text every day.

When words are not enough, we turn to pictures. What makes the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph unusual is that it displays images high among the trees in an outdoor mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Also known as "three days of peace, love and photography", this festival promotes environmental awareness and conservation, and also just looks really awesome.

Finally, what’s more lifelike than words and pictures? How about giant marionettes walking through the streets of Liverpool to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic? There are plenty of YouTube videos of the giants’ visit for you to enjoy.

Go Giants!

Fridaygram posts are made for fun, not technical value. They have been designed for your Friday and weekend enjoyment. Items that are interesting to us nerds are published in these posts. By the way, today has been declared Passive Voice Day 2012, so make sure that fun is had!