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Luis von Ahn, one of the creators of reCAPTCHA, has a fascinating project going:

http://duolingo.com/

The idea is to teach people language at the same time as providing a real time translation service. Apparently if you multi-plex novices (and not at a bad rate) you get expert translation at a similar accuracy. The translators benefit by learning language, and the service is self supporting by proving translation.

He did an excellent TED talk on the subject:

http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_c...




Sounds like taking on interns or co-ops. Pretty nice idea.

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