Once, a translator’s most vital tool was a good dictionary. But technology is rapidly changing the world of translation and localisation. Google Translate handles a million books’ worth of text a day – roughly the same as all human translators do in a year. And smarter software is having a big impact on how linguists work.
Did you know the British are the world’s most enthusiastic online shoppers? They make 13.5% of purchases online – the most of any major economy. And this is expected to soar to 23% by 2016, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group. The “internet economy” was worth £121 billion in 2010, or £2000 for each person in the country.
The spa town of Wiesbaden in Germany is best known for its natural hot springs and historic buildings. But for thousands of technical writers, translators, and marketing managers there’s another major attraction – the world’s biggest industry conference in October.
Imagine if you could instantly connect your website with thousands of translators around the world. Ordering and receiving translations is as simple as just clicking a button. And you don’t need to worry about the quality – all the translators are fully-qualified with specialist experience.
The concept of the Universal Translator has been a staple of science fiction for decades. It’s almost always used as device to solve the rather pesky problem of having to understand all alien life forms without much effort.
Digital technology is changing our lives – at home, at work, and at leisure. If you’re looking for a glimpse of what everyday life will be like in the next decade, IFA 2012 in Berlin is the place to start. There may be a lack of flying cars and holograms, but there are fascinating examples of the upcoming must-have consumer trends.
Umberto Eco wrote: “Translation is the art of failure.” He might be a great writer, but we’d like to disagree with him here! It’s true that translation does involve a degree of subjectivity, and the “perfect translation” might not exist. But we’re still committed to making sure our translations are as good as they can possibly be.
We’re counting down the days to the TAUS European Summit, one of the most exciting events of the year for the world language services and localisation industries.
On Google Translate’s sixth birthday this month, its developers had plenty of reasons to celebrate. Two hundred million in fact: that’s the number of people who use its free international language services each month.