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!

  • To those of you claiming Google did this in support of an "Open Web," answer this for me: why do they still then include Flash embedded in Chrome?

  • Yeah. I mean. GIF works so well, and all the browsers support it. Why these open source license freaks are trying to replace it with PNG (PING? Did Balmer name that?) has to be the dumbest idea ever.

  • It's rather amazing how few of the WebM mindless hordes don't get the joke, don't care to get the joke, or have a frankly twisted definition of the word Open.

  • Forgot to say: loved it. Hilarious!

  • Dude, anyone knows that what will make or break a format is porn anyway.

  • I'm not entirely certain why you are proposing Klingon as a Universal Language.

    Firstly it is difficult, and secondly you have to dress up to use it !

  • Great fun. Seriously speaking, a parody like this might make some of the heated flame-arguments cool off, ideally people could go back and re-evaluate their opinions so that they are less emotional and more driven by technical/practical merit.

  • You pompous ass.

    Clear enough for you?

  • hypocrite

  • Ever heard of TCP/IP? Yeah, probably not, it was an initiative to create a simple universal protocol for the Internet. Sort of a neutral open-source language that everyone could use. Too bad it failed miserably.

    Oh wait....

  • Why are people taking everything so LITERALLY, I'm no MS fan but this is metaphorically to the point & quite amusing. Hey Fandroids, don't be evil - lol!

  • People talking about patents and licensing here seem to be unaware that just because Theora and the others are "open", that doesn't mean that they are free and clear of patents and licensing; they are just untested in court.

    As far as the analogy, I'd love to see how Chrome+Flash get worked into Esperanto

  • Very funny. Now, what's so wrong about paying for royalties? Aren't you all (as software developers) supposed to be used to pay for others people code? Google may have balls, but what they apparently don't have is money to pay (in an hypothetical future) for the third party libraries they use.

  • The royalty metaphor works perfectly.  Anyone can speak English, royalty free.  But if you want a dictionary, or get printed, you need to pay a "royalty" to the owners of the communication medium.

  • I get it, it's clever, but the metaphor is completely incorrect. When's the last time you had a productive, 2-way dialog with pre-recorded video?

    It's a format.

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