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“English Please” or Machine Translation? A debate between Lane Greene and Nicholas Ostler about the future. I am a big admirer of Nick's, let me say from the start! I am not as confident as Nicholas Ostler is in the future of machine translation as a replacement for a lingua franca.  Both speech recognition and translation have to make major steps forward before anything resembling the Star Trek universal translating device (or Douglas Adams's Babel Fish) is anything close to reality.  I spend a lot of time translating idiomatic phrases I find in German writing through Google Translate, and while the software...
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News reports and pundit commentary from the latest Consumer Electronics Show recently held in Las Vegas suggest that we are entering a new era of “conversational” devices. This has largely been driven by the rapid improvement in speech recognition, dragooned into handling the interface problem raised by the particular form factor of smartphones – a small, typing-unfriendly screen constantly connected to the cloud. But it also includes augmented reality type services for your digital glasses and other variants of digital madness. Does this conversational moment pose a threat to - or open up opportunities for - the translation automation agenda? When technologists...
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