Distributed program to translate many languages

April 7, 2002 | Source: New Scientist

The World Wide Lexicon (WWL) project is developing a distributed computer program to harness the brains of the world’s computer users to build a multilingual translation database for less common languages.
Since the project depends on volunteers, quality assurance may be problem, but software developer Brian McConnell hopes to develop an automatic peer-review system to ensure that translations are accurate.

McConnell has designed a spider program to roam the web and select common words from foreign web sites. These will be sent to relevant volunteers for translation.

When a sufficiently large word database has been built, translation users will be able to download another program that searches servers for words. Those not found will be sent to volunteers for translation.