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Michael Erard & Nataly Kelly, Polyglots vs. Translators | Authors at Google

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Join authors Michael Erard ("Babel No More") and Nataly Kelly ("Found in Translation"), as they discuss extraordinary language learners (hyperpolyglots) and the role that translation plays in our everyday lives. "Babel No More" examines what language is, where it lives in the brain, and the upper limitations of our ability to learn and use languages. "Found in Translation" shines a spotlight into the nooks and crannies of everyday life to reveal that translation is right there, hidden just beneath the surface.
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"Nataly, Chief Research Officer at Common Sense Advisory. She offers insights from the latest translation and localization industry research, and from her new book co-authored with Jost Zetzsche, Found in Translation:How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World. Nataly Kelly has worked in the language services industry since 1996 as a certified court interpreter, freelance translator, and a member of upper management of some of the world's largest translation and interpreting suppliers, including Language Line Services. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has also studied French, Italian, German, Arabic, and Japanese. In her work at Common Sense Advisory, Nataly oversees the company's research services. She is responsible for production of the company's research deliverables and acts as the main point of contact for research-related matters. She is also an active participant in various research projects, designing algorithms and data models for the firm's market sizing exercises. Her research and insight are cited in numerous media outlets, including BusinessWeek, New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, among others. She has served as an invited speaker on the language industry for the European Commission, and was a member of the National Project Advisory Committee for a web-based training program for culturally and linguistically appropriate services offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Nataly is a former Fulbright Scholar in Spanish sociolinguistics and has obtained graduate-level education at various universities in Ecuador, Ireland, and the United States. She is also the author of Telephone Interpreting, the first book ever written on the topic. She has visited 36 countries, with recent travels to Argentina, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco, and New Zealand. Authors@Google co-sponsored this event with IMUG and Moravia IT."
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Michael Erard visited Google on May 3, 2012 to talk about his book Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners. About the book: "If you've ever tried to learn another language, you know how much time, energy, and brain power is required. Imagine a person who can pick up languages very easily. Someone who can navigate our world's multilingual hullaballoo. Who can leap language barriers with a single bound. Who can learn without effort and remember indelibly. Such people aren't parrots. They're not computers. They're language superlearners. "Michael Erard searched for these people, and when he found them -- in history books and living among us -- he tried to make sense of their linguistic feats and their mental powers. His book answers the age-old question, What are the upper limits of the human ability to learn, remember, and use languages?" [from http://www.babelnomore.com/]
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It's no secret that yoga increases muscular flexibility and strength, but you may not know that yoga is a proven treatment for back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic pain conditions. Yoga also helps to ease the stress, anxiety, and depression that can create and reinforce pain, making you feel more comfortable in both your mind and your body. Written by a yoga instructor and former chronic pain sufferer, Yoga for Pain Relief is packed with gentle postures and practical strategies for ending pain. This complete mind-body tool kit for healing also includes deep relaxation practices drawn from the yogic tradition and psychological techniques for helping you make peace with your body and dissolve pain. As the ancient practice of yoga releases the hold that chronic pain has over your life, you will begin to feel more like yourself again.
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What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly will be speaking about his latest book, "What Technology Wants." This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." Kelly uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course, and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed. This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts. Speaker Info: Kevin Kelly (http://www.kk.org/) Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called "What Technology Wants," published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website (http://www.kk.org/cooltools/), which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.
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Kelly O'Connor McNees visits Google's Ann Arbor office to present his book "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott". This event took place on April 12, 2010, as part of the Authors@Google series. Millions of readers across generations have laughed and cried with the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—of Louisa May Alcotts classic novel, Little Women. And there has never been a more beloved heroine in the history of American letters than Jo March, Louisas alter ego and an iconic figure of independent spirit and big dreams. But as Louisa knew all too well, big dreams often come at a cost. In her debut novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Kelly OConnor McNees deftly mixes fact and fiction as she imagines a summer lost to history, carefully purged from Louisas letters and journals, a summer that would change the course of Louisas writing career—and inspire the story of love and heartbreak between Jo and Teddy Laurie Laurence, Jos devoted neighbor and kindred spirit. In the summer of 1855, Walt Whitmans controversial Leaves of Grass has just been released, and the notion of making a living as a writer is still a far-off dream for Louisa. She is twenty-two years old, vivacious, and bursting with a desire to be free of her family and societal constraints so she can do what she loves the most—write. The Alcott family, destitute, as usual, moves to a generous uncles empty house in Walpole, New Hampshire, for the summer. Here, a striking but pensive Louisa meets the fictional Joseph Singer. Louisa is initially unimpressed by Josephs charms. But just as Louisa begins to open her heart, she learns that Joseph may not be free to give his away. Their newfound love carries a steep price, and Louisa fears she may pay with the independence she has fought so hard to protect.
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As he did so memorably for baseball in "Moneyball", Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football in "The Blind Side", outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle. Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect. This event took place September 11, 2007 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.