Because this is a new area on SciForums I was hoping you might have an insight into whether a universal translator could ever be constructed realistically. From what I gather there would be 2 methods of completing one: 1. Put all known languages into a computer that's portable, then design it to translate words between whatever it knows. 2. Develop some unusual and fantastic method unknown to man. Yes, my idea is that perhaps all language originates within the same location in the human brain, thus we should be able to wire in some sort of device that could translate languages, but do it directly with no real interaction from us. Such a device could in theory automatically change itself based on your native language, so that any unknown would instantly be spoken in your tongue. Now this would certainly require a more direct knowledge of human anatomy, as well as brain chemistry + transfer. I do think however it would be possible in say 100 years. Now the final comment is this, I don't see any way of making this work in reverse, meaning you couldn't construct one that would allow you to speak in another language, such a thing would require a more direct connection to the human brain I feel will never be possible. What do you think?