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!

  • I understand the Esperanto, but Klingon?  Come on Mr. President, clearly Romulan is a better option but if we practice it you'll cram it down our throats.

  • This is absolutely inane!!

    I want to use English not because it's perfect but because it's mine and it's a part of my identity. Culture is a good thing! Language differences are a good thing! Yes, it's inconvenient -- but, hell, English and its particularities color how we English-speakers think about everything. Don't take our differences away from us.

  • Awesome :-)

  • Yeah! Sure sucks when a major company tries to use their browser to force people to switch to their preferred implementation through a lack of support for the widely used standard! Good thing nobody's ever done that before!

  • www.google.com/webhp

  • It reminds of that useful phrase "Entschuldigen Sie mich, aber mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale", which translated from Klingon (German really) "Excuse me, but my hovercraft is full of eels"

  • excellent post -- makes Google look like an ass...  open-inovation b.s.

  • I'll wait for Esperanto v3.

  • It's not funny. It's dumb. Firefox, Opera and Google (supposedly Esperanto) are currently 40% of browser market.

  • Google is a company with balls, that really supports the Open Web -- Do you know what that means?  It means no patent-encumbered technology on the Web.

    I rest my case.

  • You forgot to mention that the h.264 patent is partly owned by apple and microsoft... Naturally you'd love to see the world totally dependent of it!! Sure, it's free to use now but that's not written in stone.

  • Your analogy is absurd. Most human languages are created and developed organically, unlike software, where everything from the programming language, architecture, compilers, design, etc., come about artificially.

    But if you really want to extend your analogy, why not point out that Esperanto was created and maintained by a small minority, much like proprietary standards, not open standards. Moreover, human languages that have organic origins are used "openly" by all and can be altered by anyone using them--unlike Esperanto.

    IE is the only major browser not supporting WebM. The other browsers, which make up 40% of the browser market are embracing WebM. Web users and developers, like speakers of English, will be able to use, change, and influence the development of that standard. On the other hand, using H.264 will be like being forced to speak Esperanto. Microsoft would love to force everyone to speak its language.

  • HA HA Tim... I would prefer Klingon to Esperanto. :-) Or maybe Pig Latin!!

  • What a bunch of bull

  • HAH - this is great, and I'm a fan of Google but for F's sake - come on guys.

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