"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
Niven provides a realistic version of a universal translator in Ringworld.
Rather than just presenting a magical device, Niven makes sure you know that interpreting speech is a processor intensive task, and might be best done centrally. Also, he notes that the machine needs a good-sized sample before translation is possible.
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'Old people began to cross the continent in their own cars.'
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'It was a smooth ovoid floating a few inches from the floor...'
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'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses...'
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