Gene Roddenberry invented the universal translator with automatic speech recognition back in 1966, even if only for Captain Kirk, Spock and their colleagues on the spaceship Enterprise. Some 50 years later, a startup from Gilching-Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich is on its way to becoming a small step closer to a universal translator in the real world, through intelligent audio analysis.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.