This is rather cool, I think. Google has released a beta of a translator program that runs on your Android-enabled device which translates the "spoken word" of animals. Apparently this is the culmination of a lot of research and development effort on Google's part and they should be commended for it.

Here is the link to the announcement:

I actually installed this app on my phone and, after setting it to "dog" mode, did my best to imitate what I remember my dog sounding like this past weekend. The Google animal translator hesitated a second as it processed this input and then it displayed its best guess at what my dog had been saying:

"My Goodness, I am looking hot today."

If you know my dog, you will undoubtedly realize that this app works flawlessly!

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