The birth of the Google Translate era

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Nemo Cheung  Identity Verified
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I dont think G trans is successful Oct 13, 2011

Only when you really know well the language pairs can you identify how Google translate is working!!!!! Machines are machines. Software is software. Nothing can replace human brains.

So, Google is not successful in translation but leading other machine translators.

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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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Why your smartphone will NEVER be a universal translator Oct 13, 2011

For another take on machine translation:
Why your smartphone will NEVER be a universal translator

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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Google Oct 14, 2011

According to Google:
Cette legislation à double vitesse... = This legislation at double speed...

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Bellos basically makes his point again, and Eskimo snow Oct 14, 2011

This article contains no new information, really (not even a new angle). It is just another interview with Bellos asking him about GT, and his view on GT is what it is. However, it is good to find nice quotes:

Journo: Why is Google Translate succeeding where other automated translators failed?
Bellos: In terms of user experience I think it’s a quantum leap in machine translation. In terms of its intellectual presuppositions it’s not a quantum leap, it’s just a very clever engineering solution.

However, I disagree that the Eskimo snow myth is a racist myth. You can read racism into anything. Even if the originator of the myth was a racist who created it for racist purposes, the racism hasn't followed the myth into modern history, and saying it must be a racist myth even today simply because it used to be a racist myth 100 years ago is silly.

I always thought that the Eskimo snow story showed that Eskimo is a very powerful language for its surroundings, but apparently some people think that the story shows that Eskimo must be a primitive language because it does not have a single word for all the snows combined.

[Edited at 2011-10-14 06:54 GMT]

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