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!

  • Cough, cough "Flash", cough.

    Strange bedfellows ... sounds hypocritical to me.

  • Hilarious and very well written. Dankon, indeed !

  • "The same can't be said about H.264"

    Do we know yet whether WebM infringes on any number of other patents?  I guess we're about to find out.

    BTW, if it's patent licensing and royalties that Google is worried about, why not go all out and pull MP3 support from their browser as well?

    "Do no evil", my ***!

  • Run microsoft, run... but stop crying, FGS !

  • Open web when in it is convenient. Closed web when in it convenient PDF, Flash, AAC. Why is Google really doing this?

  • > The analogy doesn't stack up. The English language isn't encumbered by patents.

    > You don't have to pay expensive royalty fees to speak or write English.

    It matches precisely. You don't have to pay royalties to speak H.264, either. There are no royalties on content producers or content consumers. If you make H.264 or watch H.264 you don't pay. The only thing you have to pay for is a dictionary, and if you make your own dictionary and sell it, you have to kick back 2% to the maintainers of the language. It's a very small price to pay for universal video. And you only have to pay it for a little while longer, we are already halfway through the patent term.

    A cheap English dictionary is much better than a free Esperanto dictionary from Google for most people, which is why H.264 is utterly and completely dominant. That is the analogy.

    Of course, Chrome has a built-in, closed, proprietary plug-in that plays H.264, so it's all just hot air. All versions of Chrome will continue to speak H.264.

  • You just don't understand what you are saying.

  • Except for the fact that Esperanto is anything but unsullied by cultural context (Romance constructions and vocab coupled with vocab from eastern European languages - not very diverse). Maybe you should think about that before you draw stupid comparisons (or before drawing comparisons between human language and tech at all). On the other hand, if you want to talk about a language that is equally accessible to anyone anywhere (not just until some group decides otherwise), and makes communication more efficient overall, maybe you could approach some semblance of having a point.  

  • is that an MS-backed opinion?

  • Why can't the networks and cable companies develop their own standards so middle men like you sill stop bickering? Google and MS are not primarily content producers, so they will F up the entire thing in a an assinine attempt to corner the market in deliver-ability.

    If you can remove commercials, then you'll have a product I am interested in.

  • "Openness" argument just doesn't hold any weight when you compare English vs Esperanto .. arstechnica.com/.../googles-dropping-h264-from-chrome-a-step-backward-for-openness.ars

    Me thinks this is just a marketing ploy by Google so more ppl are aware of the term "Esperanto"

  • This says it all, really: www.flickr.com/.../5349656086

  • Qapla´!

  • Brilliant metaphor !

  • English is free. You don't have to pay anything to learn English, to speak it or write it.

    The same cannot be said for h264. Your argument is invalid.

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