Google breaks down language barriers

Google is preparing a future update of its search engine that lets users search content in any language by translating queries into English, performing the search and translating the results back to the original language. "As far as you are concerned, you search in your language. There is a better chance that you get good results," said Udi Manber, Google's vice president of engineering. Manber said that the technology will be launching "soon", but did not provide a projected launch date.

He also showed off a project that will try to interpret a user's search intentions instead of performing the query to the letter. Instead of suggesting alternative queries for probable mistakes the new design will offer results based on the query as the search engine interpreted it mixed in with the results for the query as it was entered. Google came up with the technology after it noticed that many users were unable to enter the correct query to find the information that they were looking for. Once again, Manber did not provide a projected launch date for the project.

News source: vnunet

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Interesting. I hope it turns out good. I don't like how google has localized results depending on which country google page you're visiting. I mean. www.google.com (in english) will give different results for the same search terms than www.google.es even if you don't use the "only in spanish" or "only from spain" options. And since www.google.com will always take me to www.google.es...

I often search things in english because there are far more results, and because it's easier to search in! And when I'm certain I'm gonna find better results in spanish, I use that. But for the life of me I don't get the point of getting different results depending on which google you are.

The other day I translated a japanese page into english and the results were amazing. I was really impressed and look forward to see what they accomplish with this new search in the future

loving the second idea....but there are often times that i search for something that google TRIES to fix that I don't like so this concept might get in the way. curious to see how this rolls out.

when i need to find a search term thats also listed on foreign language pages, its usually a proper noun.. there are a few cases when i needed to look for a search term that was a reference name but not a proper noun so i had to find a translation based on the language of the country it was in

Interesting... but wouldn't the results of the actual webpage be in the wrong language? So it'd still take some work to translate the webpage.