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Over the last two decades our industry has spent a lot of time and energy making the localization process increasingly more efficient. Dollars spent in the process are highly leveraged thanks to the application of translation memories and machine translation, together with sophisticated expert systems and static analysis tools that help ensure that quality can still be achieved at scale. Companies that release products internationally know how to write global-ready code and content, standards exist and are generally adhered to. Companies wishing to extend into international markets for the first time have a deep bench of partners and suppliers that...
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On 15 March, the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel in Vienna was transformed into a battlefield of ideas on new trends and topics related to translation automation during a TAUS Roundtable meeting. The Roundtable was organized around questions on the market viability of translation data, on innovative ways of measuring localization effectiveness and on machine translation quality. In the previous TAUS World Tour, participants debated certainties and uncertainties for the future of translation. They concluded that certain content will keep growing explosively, that there is a shift towards speech, video and mobile devices and that the pressure to real-time delivery  is...
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I recently had the luck to participate in the BabelNet Workshop that was organized by the European Commission, the Publication Office and the European Parliament, in Luxembourg on the 2nd and 3rd of March. The workshop provided valuable insights and a technical guide tour of BabelNet: the largest online multilingual encyclopedic dictionar y and lexicalized semantic network. and Babelfy: the multilingual state-of-the-art disambiguation and entity linking system based on BabelNet. The intense two-day workshop program enabled participants from EU institutions, industry and academia to gain hands-on experience with the different ways to access and leverage BabelNet and Babelfy, to disambiguate text...
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Interpreters working in the European Parliament have urged fast-talking MEPs (Member of European Parliament) to slow down and speak in their native language. Secretary General Klaus Welle told the European Parliament’s budgetary control committee that interpreters had specifically requested this, remarking that “it drives them crazy.” He explained that during some sessions of the parliament interpreters were dealing with an oral output of 180 words per minute. Secretary Welle met with interpreters during January to try and address their grievances. During a parliamentary day, interpreters work from a booth with widely varying hours. Welle said MEPs needed to consider the difficult...
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* The title is borrowed from an article written by Bill Joy (then Chief Scientist at Sun Microsystems) and published in Wired Magazine in April 2000. (Why the future does not need us). This article was somewhat gloomy, giving us a warning about a future in which machines essentially dominate us, humans. “We must do more thinking up front if we are not to be (…) surprised and shocked by the consequences of our inventions.” Projecting this fundamental and existential problem on our own sector, the field of translation, could easily lead to depressing and devastating visions of the translation industry...
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