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Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons
Thread poster: Umang Dholabhai

Umang Dholabhai  Identity Verified
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Jan 28, 2013

I would like to share this TED video link with you. Steven Schwaitzberg shares how a new technology, which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator, could help.

http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_schwaitzberg_a_universal_translator_for_surgeons.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2013-01-27&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Why? Jan 28, 2013

Medical students all over the world are highly educated and will understand and speak English. University classes at this level are held in English also in non-English countries.
Automated translation without human interference will not deliver.


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Cetacea  Identity Verified
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Appalled Jan 28, 2013

Mr. Schwaitzberg may be well intentioned, but he has obviously no idea whatsoever about the (shall we call them) imperfections of machine translation. Just the idea of undergoing surgery performed by someone who was trained this way makes me physically ill. If he proposed this project for one language pair only, it would be highly ambitious to say the least. But a universal translator?! The only time a universal translator ever worked was on Star Trek...

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Umang Dholabhai  Identity Verified
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Sad Jan 29, 2013

It is saddening to realize that TED viewers, thousands of them might start thinking that this is for real. I agree with Cetacea and Heinrich.

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Good luck with distant translators for surgeons. Jan 29, 2013

I would just advise the patients to make their last will. And preferably pre-arrange their own funerals.

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Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
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"Medical Translation Insight" publishes an article on that Universal Translator Jan 29, 2013

Hello,

Today's issue of the blog Medical Translation Insight is about that universal translator.

Title of the article The amazing race to a universal translator

See here : http://blog.fxtrans.com/2013/01/the-amazing-race-to-universal-translator_29.html

Have a nice evening

Catherine


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Does anyone else have trouble with homonyms? Jan 29, 2013

The difference between UTs and humans is that humans really are intelligent.

Computers simulate, statistically, and sometimes get away with it.

This Monday there was a hilarious post in the Danish forum - a client wanted a Google translation 'manicured' so that it could serve as a user manual for some electronic equipment.

It had trouble with a perch (Perca fluviatilis, the fish) swimming about -- spelt roughly the same as bass in Danish

Volume as in book or tome
Default = neglect
Smart upgrade became a painful improvement...

And a whole lot more that I can't back translate easily.
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I had a tale about business executives going around in shorts for security reasons. In chilly Copenhagen and Stockholm...
(Actually, they were carrying ID cards, but never mind!)

All very funny, but then nobody's life depended on it.

At least sometimes, humans ask for help if they can't make sense of the context instinctively!
Have these people talked to insurance brokers?


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