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For Google’s Next Trick, The Company Attempts to Save 3,000 Dying Languages

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While projects like self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses remain fixated on the future, Google’s latest experiment is more concerned with preserving our offline past.

On its blog this morning, the company introduced an alliance with scholars and linguists for a website called Endangered Languages Project where users can search, share, and store information about the 3,000 languages “on verge of extinction,” i.e roughly half the languages in the world. Of course as TechCrunch points out, Google is partly to blame for making English the default language of the Internet. Consider this an atonement?  Read More