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In a recent NPR news piece Uber Plans To Kill Surge Pricing, Though Drivers Say It Makes Job Worth It, Jeff Schneider, engineering lead at Uber describes how they are using machine learning to hack the problem of supply and demand. Initially, Uber came up with "Surge Pricing" as a feature designed to help mitigate the phenomenon of demand outstripping supply in a certain area at a certain time. Concretely, that means that when some event causes lots of people to need transportation at the same time in generally the same location, the Uber fare will automatically increase. This increase incentivizes...
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I was recently involved in a project to clean up TM pollution, where the target included a lot of translations from a different language variant. I had to work with the internal linguist to prepare a plan to do it in the most efficient way. No matter how many automation tricks I pulled from my hat, the linguist had reservations for them all and it seemed that, quality assurance-wise, nothing could beat running content through a pair of eyes. And yet the cost of manual review was prohibitive; plus one could also argue about the effectiveness of this approach, considering the...
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The question is: are we all on the same evolutionary path? Or do some of us take different turns, make shortcuts and even arrive in different places? The TAUS Executive Forum on April 25 and 26 in Beijing opened new perspectives on translation in China that many of us had perhaps not expected. China typically copies what others have already built and done before them. Fast trains are modeled to the TGV in France, electric cars are inspired by Tesla, and fashion in China follows the trends around the world closely. So when Eric Liu of LocaTran Translations at the TAUS...
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Skype conversations can be translated in real time. Booking site reviews can be automatically translated depending on your language preference. Business emails written in Japanese can be rendered in French in just a couple of seconds. If you cannot read street signs in Tbilisi, Georgia, just take out your smartphone and it will guide you to your destination in whichever language you choose. Language barriers should not stop you anymore, modern technology is here to help! Machine translation is slowly but surely establishing its presence in our everyday life. While the average consumer only giggles when coming across weirdly translated phrases...
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There are two fundamental types of innovation—evolutionary innovation, which refers to making incremental improvements, and revolutionary innovation, which refers to innovation that requires more change across the organization.   Ellen di Resta ‘Assessing Your Innovation Capability’ All business leaders today are experiencing an increased sense of anxiety as they warily eye the edges for their next challenger. Challengers who thrive on changes in computing architecture, easy to deploy  ‘mashable’ technology, and new market entrants who are not encumbered with existing infrastructure, legacy clients, and business models, and start-ups with access to seemingly elastic capital resources. Strong leaders and great companies are...
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