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Machine Translation Blunders

Machine translation technology began to be explored in the 1950s, but the first commercial machine translation system appeared in 1991, with web applications appearing a few years later.

Machine translation technology now ranges from free online translation, to on-the-go mobile phone apps to customisable, professional software packages.

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2013 – a year in translation

Just as languages are constantly evolving and changing, the translation industry rarely stands still. 2013 has seen some fascinating developments in translation technology – spectacles that instantly translate text, anyone? But some of the most interesting work has involved new ways for human translators and machines to work together.

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How computers are breaking down language barriers

The first wave of research in Machine Translation came to an abrupt end in 1966. An influential report concluded it had no prospect of success, and there were no economic reasons for using it anyway. Much of it was abandoned for the next decade, with resources poured into developing electronic dictionaries instead.

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Translation in a digital age

It’s hard to avoid translation in our everyday lives. We find translations on food labels and instruction manuals, websites, and TV screens. Switch on the daily news, or turn over a bottle of shampoo, and the chances are the information will have been translated.

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TAUS Conference looks at future of translation

English is rapidly losing its status as the world’s lingua franca – but there’s no language to take over. As the world becomes more interconnected, global businesses are having to become multilingual to survive. But how can they reach the billions of people in the world, who speak more than 6000 languages between them?

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Translation and localization in a shifting global economy

With more and more businesses operating globally, localization has never been more important.  The internet might have made the world seem smaller, but there are still cultural and linguistic borders to overcome. Speaking the right language can be the key to reaching new audiences both at home and abroad.

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Looking at the future of Machine Translation

For many visitors, the sun, sea and picturesque Old Town are among Nice’s main attractions. But visitors had another reason to visit the French city this month – finding out about the latest developments in machine translation technology.

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