Translation Networks

autotrannynet

Inspired by an artwork of a student at Goldsmiths College, London, I hacked together some code that generates a graph of automatic translations from a starting phrase through various languages. It's interesting to see what topologies emerge, and the nonsense or clarity of multiply translated texts. Implemented in javascript using the Google language API, which forces a continuation passing style that somewhat obfuscates the natural control flow.

EDIT 2012-06-09 autotrannynet broke due to changes in the Google Translate service - it might be fixable (use Iceweasel's Web Console to inspect the response body of the translate request to find a link to the new API).