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You could just stay where you are and live from what you have. Not bother anyone, and hope that nobody bothers you. Try it... You starve or get killed. Of all the species living on our planet Earth we – humans – are the most adventurous. We travel, trade and communicate. And that’s how we evolve and prosper, or not… We can only imagine how Columbus started his communication with the Native Americans in 1492. Gesturing, pointing at objects and helplessly speaking his own words. Or the Dutch seafarers that went ashore at Hirado and started trading with the Japanese in...
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The great Hockey player Wayne Gretzsky  said his secret to success is this:  “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”  Today in business we call this strategy “planning for the end game.”  Lately I’ve been thinking – is the translation industry positioned for the end game, or are we following the puck, hoping to catch up, but losing ground in a rapidly accelerating world of technology? This raises an even  more compelling question: If the statistical approach to Machine Translation is falling short of the goal, how do we find a new approach...
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“English Please” or Machine Translation? A debate between Lane Greene and Nicholas Ostler about the future. We can take as common ground the position of English as the world's lingua franca of choice: it has the majority, and an ever growing majority, of inter-lingual use, when this occurs among present-day human beings. ("Inter-lingual" use means communication between two or more people who do not share a mother-tongue.) If this were the only relevant change occurring, the long-term dominance of English as an inter-lingual medium would be assured. But a number of other facts will serve, in the long-term, to undercut the...
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