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What makes a good conference? If you ask me, the answer is: purpose, people and program. As simple as that. Let’s start with ‘purpose’: you have to have a good reason to make people travel from all over the world to a single location and have them spend a few days of their precious time together. As Eric Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Language Services, said in his keynote at the TAUS Annual Conference in Portland last week: it all starts with a mission - “Preparing for a future that is without language barriers”. The same goes for TAUS and the...
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When Albert Einstein said: “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change”, he was referring neither to the internet nor to localization. Today the language community is facing one of its most serious threats and should pay attention to Einstein’s famous quote. The need to adapt to a new monetization reality is indisputable and the trend of Collaborative Commons is the new enabler. Jeremy Rifkin in his new book “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” states that our economic and social systems are rapidly transforming into Collaborative Commons with far-reaching implications.   The imperatives of technological change are so overwhelming in...
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It takes just a day of wandering in Tokyo as a non-Japanese speaker to understand why translation innovation starts in Japan, and much less so in other places of the world. Both visitor and host are totally helpless and hopeless when trying to talk to each other. That is much less the case in Europe and North America where English often becomes the ‘langue véhicule’ for tourists and business men. That’s also what Naoki Yamada, founder of anydooR realized when he returned to Tokyo from his studies in Los Angeles. Colleagues and friends kept asking him to translate something, a sentence,...
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