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Human vs. Machine again

Two centuries ago there was the general perception in the industrialized countries that machines were conquering the world. They were certainly creeping up into more and more activities that were previously considered the realm of highly skilled human beings. In England there was a movement of resistance to this trend  called the “Luddites” because they […]

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Machine Translation

A delightful example illustrates well one of the earliest myths about the problems that may arise when trying to translate text using a computer. The biblical sentence “The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak” was translated into Russian by a machine, and then back into English. The result was “The vodka is good, but […]

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