- Level Of Need: 9
Universal Translators can be seen in many science fiction shows or films. The idea is that one will always be able to communicate with someone, regardless of where they are from. The version used on a show like Star Trek knows more than 1,000 languages. We actually have something like this already called Google Translate. It is capable of translating any currently used language. Of course, it’s not perfect and will make many mistakes. Yet this translation technology is incredibly useful.
The problem is that having a translator does not do us much good with other species unless we are able to add their language into our translator’s database. That might require accessing potential technology on their planet that contains their language(s). Some will not allow us to do this, which might force us to steal that information to communicate with them properly in the future. However, once we have this translator, it can be used by any space traveler from Earth.