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alex suhoy  Identity Verified
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On-line voice translation might have problems with non-grammatically correct sentences. The human interpreter would have no problems.

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
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*** Dec 23, 2014

alex suhoy wrote:

On-line voice translation might have problems with non-grammatically correct sentences. The human interpreter would have no problems.


Human translators have enough problems translating transcriptions of vernacular conversations. When people throw in "like", "umm", etc., or when they backup in what they're saying and rephrase it, as often happens in a normal conversation, it can become quite complicated to render properly. I pity the poor machine that tries to make head or tail of an ordinary spoken conversation.

[Edited at 2014-12-23 22:03 GMT]


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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
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Local time: 15:48
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This is how they'll learn Dec 24, 2014

John Fossey wrote:

I pity the poor machine that tries to make head or tail of an ordinary spoken conversation.

Sure, but this is how they'll learn to do it. It's not going to start working properly until they link language to extra-linguistic stuff. You can't learn a language through language only. But they should be able to make a lot of progress by just grinding the data. The end is nigh, and I welcome our new robot overlords!


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Robin Levey
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At my age ... Dec 25, 2014

Phil Hand wrote:
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The end is nigh, and I welcome our new robot overlords!


... I can afford to be arrogantly complacent


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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It is science fiction and it will stay science-fiction Dec 25, 2014

forever.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

[Edited at 2014-12-25 09:04 GMT]


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Great! Dec 25, 2014

This will mean more business for us, professional translators. The more people communicate and translate with automatic systems, the more they understand how they need us for their important stuff.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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People are sooooo yesterday Dec 25, 2014

Tomás Cano Binder, CT wrote:

This will mean more business for us, professional translators. The more people communicate and translate with automatic systems, the more they understand how they need us for their important stuff.


People are becoming unnecessary. In the future, machines will deal with one another automatically and there will be nothing for humans to do.

[Edited at 2014-12-25 10:50 GMT]


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