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Machine Translation Postediting Means a Drastic Drop in Translation Costs

April 13, 2017 - By: - In: Machine Translation - Comments Off on Machine Translation Postediting Means a Drastic Drop in Translation Costs

Machine translation has improved by leaps and bounds. What was once considered machine-produced gibberish is increasingly giving human translators a run for their money, particularly for predictable texts like weather reports. While machine translation (MT) is also more economical than human translation, it’s not a true alternative yet. In most cases, machine translation can’t be […]

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Context Translation at eBay: Machine Translation’s Next Wave

March 14, 2014 - By: - In: In the News / Awards, Language, Machine Translation - Comments Off on Context Translation at eBay: Machine Translation’s Next Wave

eBay has started working on a new approach to machine translation (MT) that could represent a breakthrough in machine translation quality. A team lead by artificial intelligence guru Hassan Sawaf, renowned for his work on hybrid machine translation systems, which combine different translation engines for better translation results. Sawaf calls what he’s trying to do […]

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Real-Time Speech Translation Revolutionary

April 23, 2013 - By: - In: Machine Translation - 13 comments

Real-time speech translation will revolutionize how we communicate, according to Jonathan Luff at Wired magazine. “Having thought about the issue a bit, and having witnessed some extraordinary advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, wearable technology, and real-time data analysis, I have come to believe that the next big leap forward is not represented by Google […]

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Getting to the Worldwide part of the Web with Der Mundo

March 29, 2013 - By: - In: Machine Translation - Comments Off on Getting to the Worldwide part of the Web with Der Mundo

The biggest problem with machine translation on the Internet is not that it’s inaccurate or can’t translate poetry or Shakespeare. The problem is that it’s pull technology rather than a push, meaning you have to fetch your translation rather than have it come bouncing to you. So unless you’re using Chrome with the auto-translate feature […]

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Real-Time Chinese Machine Interpretation

November 16, 2012 - By: - In: Machine Translation - Comments Off on Real-Time Chinese Machine Interpretation

Rick Rashid, Chief Research Officer at Microsoft Research, demonstrated the latest breakthrough in speech recognition and machine translation a few weeks ago by giving a speech in Taipei using real-time computer-generated Chinese audio translation. Rashid kicked off in English, providing a great summary of the history of machine translation and voice recognition. It was a […]

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Saber-Tooth Squirrels Required

November 8, 2012 - By: - In: Machine Translation - 14 comments

On the treadmill with voice recognition and machine translation. NTT Docomo, Japan’s leading cell phone carrier, has unveiled its real-time speech-to-speech translation service, reports Geek.com. As a supplier of telephone interpreters, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, since I used to imagine it would put us all out of work. But I’ll […]

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Journalism 2.0: Making Headlines Using Google Translate

August 27, 2012 - By: - In: Machine Translation - 18 comments

Spanish is the only good news in the news business.  Spanish news consumers are growing in the US, while shrinking English-language readership consigns a once-mighty industry to a mere lining for Wall Street’s birdcage. So dying newspapers look to build new audiences among Hispanic readership by publishing in Spanish. Lots of all-American news brands now […]

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Journalism 2.0 and Translation

August 17, 2012 - By: - In: Machine Translation - Comments Off on Journalism 2.0 and Translation

Back in the day at CNN, you could be sure that field producer in Moscow spoke Russian. For old-school foreign correspondents, it took a second language to get the story. In the new media, the social media, that kind of local knowledge is both no longer sufficient and no longer required for breaking news argues […]

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10 Billion Words Translated Daily

April 30, 2012 - By: - In: Machine Translation - Comments Off on 10 Billion Words Translated Daily

The largest translation effort in the world services 200 million users a month, translating the textual equivalent of 1 million books a day. Can you guess who that might be? With numbers like that, you know its gotta be Google. Franz Och, Distinguished Research Scientist, (his title, not mine) at Google Translate marked six years […]

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