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MT: Every Titan has its Achilles Heel

We’ve debated many times in the past about the “natural” advantages Machine Translation might have over our fellow translators composed of mere “flesh and bone.” Their lives decaying and finite against the colossal golem that threatens to take over the entire industry, eventually rendering us humans obsolete. Will we become the outdated dusty VCRs of […]

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Rage Against the Machine Translation: What’s all the fuzz about?

Major corporations like Google or Amazon invest millions of dollars a year in developing machine translation (MT) technology. This could expand MT’s capabilities and its cost saving potential. But while great excitement about the productive aspect of MT can be gauged, there is a much more important investment that is being widely unattended and ignored […]

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How Have Translation Quality Standards Changed?

Anywhere you go, you will see, perhaps without even realizing it, translations of varying qualities. In public spaces, airports and tourist sites, you will see translated notices, ads and signs, just to name a few. Some are butchered attempts, for example, when you see a special line at the airport for Diplomatics rather than Diplomats. […]

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Junk Translations

On our previous article we pondered about the main drivers in the translation industry (cost, time and quality) and how, as if it were affected by the force of some natural balance, one most always prevail over the other two. Translation services buyers today are usually like the March Hare in one of Lewis Carroll’s […]

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