UNL Seeks to Create Meta-Language of the Net

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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The United Nations University is introducing a Universal Networking Language (UNL), which it plans to unveil at a symposium on 18 November in Brussels, Belgium. The technology allows for translation on the fly of 16 commonly used Earth languages. Using the technology, a user’s native language is converted to UNL when transmitting data over the internet. When the individual on the receiving end gets the data, it is converted into their native tongue. The UNL acts as the intermediary translator and acts as Meta-language, similar to Star Trek’s Universal Translator. The developers promise easy integration with present networking technologies and platforms and they claim the technology will most likely exist as a plug-in for browsers and add-ons to servers.

If you would like to become active in this project there are organizations forming now to deal with issues such as:

  • Development of new products based on the UNL formalism
  • Codification of human knowledge in UNL and make it accessible through Internet
  • Research on UNL language

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