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In April 2016, TAUS returned  to China after a couple of years absence. Being back 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 closely follows the trends around the world. We also discovered that most language service providers in China are not yet using Translation Memory (TM) software and it was implied that further developments cannot be made until they are...
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Since its launch in 2007, Google Translate has brought machine translation to the masses, making it free, quick and easy, and therefore significantly contributing to the demolition of the language barriers. Now in its 10th year of existence, Google Translate is used by some 500 million people to translate 100 billion words every day. Just to give you an idea of how huge this volume is: The Oxford English Dictionary contains over 2 billion words. And, if we add to Google Translate’s volume also the volumes machine-translated by Microsoft, Baidu, Yandex and all the other free, corporate and governmental machine translation...
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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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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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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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The translation industry is growing, but not fast enough! The amount of content published every day vastly exceeds the amount that can be translated by the few hundred thousand translators in today’s workforce. Machine translation seems to be a part of the solution, yet the world is still waiting for this technology to mature. How do we scale up the translation industry’s capacity for the massive potential opportunity? As part of the TAUS Annual Conference 2015, TAUS invited industry leaders from both the translation buyer and vendor side to talk about what it will take for the industry to innovate. The...
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A short impression of the 7th TAUS QE Summit held October, 2015 at eBay (San Jose, California). We live in a connected world. Data, profiles and preferences are shared to shape new goods  and services. Social media, histories, cookies, playlists and GPS location information dominate the cyber landscape. And data is king. It gives you all the answers. The challenge for business today is to ask the right questions. Business Intelligence is starting to catch on in the translation industry, and with good reason — transforming data into actionable information yields business benefits and helps stakeholders make informed decisions. How can...
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On the 12th and 13th October we held our TAUS Annual Conference in San Jose, California. A record number of people attended - 135 - and we introduced a (perhaps) new tradition of TAUS Haus musicians. The theme of this year’s conference was innovation. In order to progress our industry we need innovators. Not just from inside our industry (we call them insiders), but also from outside of the translation industry (the invaders). So on the program this year was a true Innovation Contest. We invited all innovators to submit a proposal for this contest and out of the submissions we picked...
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The Five-Year Race to Tokyo 2020 Started at the TAUS Executive Forum. The goal: Beat Google. We have heard this story many times over the past sixty years: in five years from now, the computer will produce fully automatic high-quality translations. The story goes back to January 1954 when enthusiastic researchers in IBM’s headquarters in New York told the press about the first experiment with MT that they just concluded in cooperation with scientists of Georgetown University. If all goes well, the electronic brain will be ready in five years to translate all of the Soviet Union’s documents into the Queen’s...
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