An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

esperandmThe world’s ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth. The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding. Since the launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of a constructed language:

  • A pure form of communication that is unsullied by cultural context;
  • Broad adoption by as many as 10,000 speakers
  • Independent (yet mostly compatible) dialects that not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition and innovation

We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society. Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage.

These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give citizens using other languages an opportunity to translate the libraries of the world into Esperanto.

Dankon, nedankinde!

  • So true.

    Open source is a cancer, Google should be carved up by regulators and sold off for crimes against humanity.

  • Den här typen av engelska faller helt utanför mina kunskaper. Jag begriper inte ett enda fern. Sulle du inte kunna tänka dej att skreva den på någon sorts svenska så vi sum inte förstår Engelska kan ta del av dina kokheter. :-)

  • This is almost as funny as it is stupid. Unless of course, you work for a company who reaps profits out of H.264...

  • strangely, though, users of other languages don't have to pay royalties if they want to use their language commercially... [2]

  • I'll only say one thing: u1.ipernity.com/.../9852441.337e2ed4.png

  •   As a native English speaker, Esperanto teacher at Stanford University's International Center, AND Computer Consultant, i hope to shed some light here.

      First i'd like to thank you for using the English/Esperanto analogy because i do believe that there is value in it, although all analogies break down at some point. In summary, you are saying that Microsoft uses H.264 which is used by many people at this time. Google, on the other hand, has announced that it will not be using that standard, favoring other open-source standards, used by only a few people at this time.

      Your analogy with the number of Esperanto speakers is correct although your figure is wrong. The claim that Esperanto is only spoken by as few as 10,000, is only made by people ignorant of Esperanto. I was at the World Esperanto Congress in Warsaw in 1987, the 100th Anniversary of Esperanto, with more than 5000 other participants! It would be ridiculous to think that half of all Esperanto users of the world were at that convention. Probably the number is closer to 2 million as counted by authoritative statistician/linguists. English on the other hand is used, abused and confused by hundreds of millions. I don't know how many people use WebM, but just as Esperanto started with an idea from Dr. ZAMENHOF, Linux started with only Linus TORVALDS.

      Your analogy of English being a closed system and Esperanto being open is, i believe, more important. As others have pointed out, H.264, like almost everything that Microsoft does, is "closed", using copyrights, patents or licensing fees, etc. WebM, and others, are "open" in that anyone can use them for free (without cost) and freely (without licenses or permits, etc.). I don't think i need to show, that the world, as well as Microsoft, has been enriched by the free (or at least cheap) use of the free (unfettered) Internet.

      The analogy breaks down because English as well as Esperanto are both free (without licenses). Esperanto was designed to be easy (no irregulars, etc.), and Esperanto is meant to be everybody's SECOND language! Esperanto is not meant to replace English but to be an "open" tool for everyone to use when you don't have a common language. I don't want to bore people with the charts of how many hours of instruction it takes to learn Esperanto versus English, but i will claim that it is amazingly easier to learn Esperanto. Check out http://Lernu.net/ or my page http://Esperanto.org/stanford/ for details. Nobody is stopping anyone from using H.264 at a cost, but for free why not give WebM a chance?

      But language learning is not free (without cost). The use of English costs billions of dollars to the world annually in translation costs, language learning costs, and lost opportunities because of the world's language problems.

       I'm not against English or making money. I'm for freedom. It seems to me that Esperanto has huge advantages for intelligent people worldwide, and that Google has found a way to make a few dollars with "free" tools too.

      Thank you.

  • This blog is /so/ Microsoft. Butt ugly swirls everywhere, STILL copying aqua OSX. No attention paid to design, and the content of the post is of course fallacious

  • Ridicilous...

  • Well played, very well played indeed.

  • Interesting, I didn't know English speakers had to pay royalties to Microsoft and Apple.

  • Prenu vian Mikrosofton kaj enŝovu vi ĝin en via kulo!

  • I found the article at this location particularly enlightening:arstechnica.com/.../googles-dropping-h264-from-chrome-a-step-backward-for-openness.ars

    The following paragraph, talking about Google's removal of H.264 vs other technologies Chrome uses stands out: "At the very least, there appears to be a significant inconsistency between the company's actions regarding video support, and the rest of its browser. If it's going to remove features for poorly-articulated ideological reasons, it would surely make sense to apply that ideology consistently."

  • You should have just thought it, anyone in the collective would have been aware instantly.  Must be nice not requiring any language.

  • Well, take the usual MS approach.  Implement the standard badly in IE and make the world think that it's broken.  You know, like ODF in Office.

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