Google phone to phone language translation

It’s a story straight out of science fiction (quite a bit of what Google is working on seems to skirt with science fiction.)  Imagine talking to your friend in China, and as you speak, your words get fed into a computer, translated into Chinese, and the other person on the line hears what you said, but in Chinese!  It’s a rudimentary babel fish.  Douglas Adams would be so proud.  The ramifications for such communications is staggering, and perhaps equally difficult to engineer.

Source: London Times