The Theme Semester at the University of Michigan will be "Translation". "Translation from what into what?" I wondered, and looking at the site it appears that the translation is not limited to language translation. In fact, it seems that language translation isn't a major component of the theme semester. Maybe such translation is too prosaic?
Still, on the topic of translation (via the medium of machines), here's a video from BigThink about "What's lost (and found) in machine translation":
(On the topic of translating words into machine speech, and having text being read to you via machines, here are my thoughts. In short: I'm not agin' it.)