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A summary of the TAUS DQF Manufacturing Industries Workshop hosted by John Deere   There are a few things that really make a man's heart beat faster. One of those is a 250 horsepower 6R tractor produced by John Deere. As I walk through the entrance gate of the flagship factory of the manufacturing giant in Mannheim (Germany), the lyrics of Rodney Atkins' Friends with Tractors come to mind ("I got everything I need 'cause I got friends with tractors"). Founded in 1921 and spread over more than 40ha, the factory produces a new tractor every 3 minutes. The place, just...
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On March 22-24 (2017), fifty people came together in a former clandestine church in Amsterdam to break their heads on the question how the translation industry will have changed in 2022. The story that came out can be read as an ordinary battle between man and machine, with a victory for the latter. But at a deeper layer, there is a fascinating intrigue with many threads about game-changing technologies and trends and an outcome that is perplexing even for all of us who think that they are behind the wheel today. Be careful what you wish for. The translation companies of...
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We are the Cinderella of the industry—this is how I often define our company when I speak about how companies (especially manufacturing ones) relate to translation agencies. Just like the fairytale character, we are often underestimated, and overloaded with a great number of tasks to complete in little time. Based on my experience working in the Italian industry, this relation between client and supplier is a consequence of the lack of knowledge of how translations are performed, and how they can be beneficial. In other words, I believe that people underestimate the value of translations because our product is an industrial...
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This article is the first in a series we'll be posting, exploring the topic of machine translation. Powering the SmartCAT ecosystem with flexible third-party integration capabilities, we’re preparing to enter the Convergence era, in line with the insightful outlook* Jaap van der Meer presented on TAUS in 2013. Not just evolve with the industry but take the lead in this process, that’s what we’re up to. *Read Jaap’s article on TAUS here.   In November last year, Google and Microsoft announced they have updated their translation engines with Neural Machine Translation (NMT) systems. Both companies celebrated a significant boost in the quality...
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TAUS has kindly requested a blog series on current topics in automatic translation. As an opening salvo, here’s a sneak preview of the forthcoming TAUS report on speech-to-speech translation (S2ST). The report, co-authored by Alex Waibel, Andrew Joscelyne, and myself, will attempt a broad view of the field’s past, present, and future. For this appetizer, though, we’ll restrict our view to a brief snapshot – a selfie, if you like – of selected technical accomplishment at the current state of the art. (The report will include interviews with several additional participants.) Google Translate mobile app: Speed: Barring network delays, speech recognition...
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