Skype, now owned by Microsoft, may soon be able to translate speech in real time. The company demoed this new kind of magic on stage. It would allow people to converse in their native (but different) languages. Skype is one of Todd's favorite broadcast tools. He uses it every day and cannot wait to see how it might handle a conversation translation about on farm conditions in China, Ukraine, Argentina, and Brazil.
Ag Biotech Patent Case
Tuesday February 19, 2013 , the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what could be a landmark intellectual property law case involving patented seeds—Bowman v. Monsanto. It may be several months until the Supreme Court issues its decision. Groups filing briefs in advance of oral argument in support of Bowman included: the Center for Food Safety, National Farmers Union, American Antitrust Institute, and the Public Patent Foundation, among others. Groups filing briefs in support of Monsanto included: among others, the American Soybean Association, Illinois Soybean Association, the Software Alliance, and Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l, Inc. University of Illinois Agricultural Law Specialist Bryan Endres discussed the case with Todd Gleason.