In the cult classic book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the Babel fish is a fictional animal that, when inserted into an individual’s ear, miraculously makes any language understandable.

And, while in the book the Babel fish is damned given its impact, namely that “effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation,” the fact of the matter is that cross-cultural tensions aside, actually being able to understand what people with different languages are saying would be a fantastic thing.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.