Category Archives: technophile

The 5 Best Virtual Camera Translation Apps For Your Next Trip

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Whether travelling for pleasure or business, we always feel a bit anxious about the communicative challenges that we are bound to encounter in a foreign country. This is especially true for the adventurous traveller, who may find himself in exotic lands where even the writing system is different. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, we are now(…)


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do With the Internet

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The internet is arguably one of the most outstanding inventions of our time. Since its creation, it has helped people connect with others from all over the world, get more professional opportunities, gain insight into different cultures, and make innumerable other activities possible. Ever since October 29, 2005, the world has celebrated International Internet Day(…)


Learning Mandarin? Follow these 5 Instagram accounts.

Thought Instagram was only for entertainment purposes? Think again! Click here to discover the best Instagram you need to follow to learn Mandarin!

Instagram is one of the most popular apps, one of several we’d be lost without having on our phones. So if you already spend half your day scrolling through the stories of people you follow, why not have an excuse for even more time on Instagram? Learning Mandarin, for example? Instagram will help! Here are(…)


Language Online: Social Media Censoring, Teaching AI and Hate Speech

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Sometimes when we go on social media it can be a bit like coming face to face with all the hatred in the world at once. Be it fandom wars and celebrity arguments, or global politics and blanket discrimination, there is nowhere to escape the vitriol of self-appointed experts who comment with nothing but abuse(…)


Can AI Language Be Prone to Racial and Gender Biases, Too?

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One of the more idealistic aspects of a world with AI in it, is that we’ll finally be free of petty human prejudices. Using AI would create equal opportunities, regardless of gender or race. It wouldn’t matter what your sexual orientation is or where you hail from, with the right algorithms jobs will be merit-based,(…)


Fandom Language and Their TV Origins

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To the casual viewer, phrases from some of our favourite TV shows may get used in passing, or as a joke. To those in fandoms (the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture), those same words become codes, identifiers of fellow fandom members when out there(…)


From Hieroglyphs to Emojis: Maintaining a Visual Presence

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When we think of cultures using pictograms, a visual representation of a person, place, or thing, and ideograms, a visual representation of an idea, we tend to think of ancient cultures, right? Sketching on a cave wall or in the dirt to pass on information to the next generation of the tribe probably started soon after homo-sapiens(…)


Beijing: Air Pollution versus Chinese Poetry

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Cancer is the number one cause of death in China and lung cancer is the leading form. The air in and around Beijing regularly tests 20 times higher for pollutant particles than deemed safe by the World Health Organization and had a reported 168 days of unsafe air in 2016. A couple of weeks ago(…)


Foreign Language Decline: Translation Tools

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Given all the tools and tricks of translation that are available to us on our phones, tablets and browsers currently, it makes you wonder why would anyone go to the trouble of putting the effort in to learning a language for themselves? Yes, we know language learning is important, but when predictive text types your(…)


Foreign Language Decline: Can Technology Replace Face-to-Face Learning?

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There was a time not so long ago when anything learned online was considered substandard when compared with knowledge gained in a traditional brick building in musty lecture rooms with wizard professors waxing lyrical about the things they love (and loathe). With the quality of MOOCs provided by everyone from Coursera to MIT nowadays, however, the(…)