What’s up in the translation industry?
Moscow,
ul. Bolshaya Molchanovka, 34 bld. 2, of. 25
+7 495 504-71-35 from 9.30 till 17.30
info@flarus.ru | Order
Company’s presentation
Online Translation Quote


Are Computers The Future Of Translation?

Opinion article by James Bradley, Head of English Copy at Mother Tongue Writers, the UK’s largest specialist adaptation and transcreation agency based in London and New York.


Machine translation – using a computer to translate one human language into another – is the sci-fi dream that’s coming true. While the claim of translator droid C-3PO in the Star Wars films to be “fluent in six million forms of communication” can’t be matched by current computerised systems, Google Translate does already offers 57 core languages, giving over 3,000 possible language permutations. So surely, it’s only a matter of time before human translators are out of a job?

Or maybe not. Existing machine translation systems are more about complementing human translation rather than replacing it, and here’s how they do so.

The Internet means an exponentially greater amount of content is being published than at any time previously in human history. There is more information out there than there has ever been. But accessing this information can be difficult. For example, less than two percent of all Internet content is currently available to the world’s 280 million Arabic speakers. Machine translation allows them to get at the other 98 percent.

In fact, anywhere that the utility of the information is more important than its presentation or nuances, machine translation performs an invaluable service. To give a commercial example, in foreign-language versions of Microsoft’s technical support pages, some of the articles are machine-translated and others have been translated by humans. Users are asked whether the information solved their problem – and the proportion of yeses is identical for the machine and human-translated articles.

Ultimately, good translation is a creative process. Machine translation is an incredibly powerful tool, but thinking it can replace human translators is like thinking an oven can replace a chef.


Share:




Your comments

Your name:
Please, enter the code on this picture:


Лингвовикторина по топонимам в разных языках


Submit Your Article Most popular Archive
tags: translation, machine translation, Google Translate, Microsoft




شركة ترجمة Бюро за преводи Бюро перакладаў 翻译社 Překladatelská kancelář Übersetzugsbüro Oversættelse bureau Translation Agency, Moscow Agencia de traducciones Käännöstoimisto Бюро переводов Agence de traduction მთარგმნელობითი ბიურო Γραφείο μεταφράσεων अनुवाद एजेंसी Prevodilacki biro Fordítóiroda Penerjemahan Biro Agenzia di Traduzioni 翻訳代理店 번역 회사 Аударма бюросы Орчуулгын товчоо Biuro tłumaczeń Agência de tradução Birou de traduceri Prekladateľská agentúra Tercüme Bürosu Бюро перекладів Văn phòng phiên dịch
Latest translation:
"Russian thinker", Общая тема, Translator №844

translation tags: russian, electric, period, lecture, conflict, soviet, movement.

Translations in process: 28
Current work load: 43%

Поиск по сайту:



"Modern" demands on translation quality


Microsoft перевел Kinect на язык жестов



В Twitter интегрируют функцию перевода записей



Google Chrome 11 умеет распознавать устную речь


China Novelists Overcoming Translation Issues


Подписка на рассылку
избранных новостей
(~1 раз в месяц)

e-mail:





Компания

О бюро переводов
Письменный перевод
Локализация сайтов
Редактирование
Вычитка носителем языка
Примеры переводов
Вакансии
Контакты



Бюро переводов Фларус
© 2001-2018

Проекты

Работа для переводчиков
Новости переводов
Поздравления с переводом
Разговорник
Глоссарии и словари
Шаблоны переводов
Выставки в Москве

Контакты

Россия, Москва,
ул. Большая Молчановка, 34 стр.2, оф. 25
схема проезда

Телефон:
+7 495 504-71-35

Заказ: info@flarus.ru



Рейтинг@Mail.ru