"Language barrier" may be a phrase lost in translation to the next generation.

By 2025, when someone speaks to you in a foreign language, an earpiece will be able instantly to translate their words into your native language, Hillary Clinton’s former innovation advisor Alec Ross has written in The Wall Street Journal.

Monotonous computer voices will be consigned to the past, too. The voice of your interlocutor – its wavelength, frequency and other unique properties – will be recreated by the cloud software supporting your earpiece, as advances in bioacoustic engineering make voice replication possible.

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