Automatic text translation has not always been able to deliver on its promises, but the creators of Verbmobil claim that it is 90% accurate. What's more, you can access its translations over a mobile phone, by dialing a special number. The result of research by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
, Verbmobil can translate between English, German, Chinese and Japanese. It is claimed that, although the system is not yet perfect, mistakes in spoken language are much easier to cope with than in written form.