More perusal of the Big Think web site reveals some pretty incredible stuff. There’s an excellent video on stereotypes and why it is natural and potentially useful to use them.
There is an excellent article on language translation with a couple of vids which demonstrate some extremely good translation systems. One by Quest Visual, for the Apple iPhone appears too good to be true and translates text via the camera, displaying it on screen in English. Another by SRI International can translate audio.
Seems like the future is coming faster than we think!