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21st translation contest: "The tides of tech" » English to Portuguese (EU)

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Source text in English

Boom times are back in Silicon Valley. Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start-ups. Rents are soaring, as is the demand for fancy vacation homes in resort towns like Lake Tahoe, a sign of fortunes being amassed. The Bay Area was the birthplace of the semiconductor industry and the computer and internet companies that have grown up in its wake. Its wizards provided many of the marvels that make the world feel futuristic, from touch-screen phones to the instantaneous searching of great libraries to the power to pilot a drone thousands of miles away. The revival in its business activity since 2010 suggests progress is motoring on.

So it may come as a surprise that some in Silicon Valley think the place is stagnant, and that the rate of innovation has been slackening for decades. Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, and the first outside investor in Facebook, says that innovation in America is “somewhere between dire straits and dead”. Engineers in all sorts of areas share similar feelings of disappointment. And a small but growing group of economists reckon the economic impact of the innovations of today may pale in comparison with those of the past.

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Across the board, innovations fueled by cheap processing power are taking off. Computers are beginning to understand natural language. People are controlling video games through body movement alone—a technology that may soon find application in much of the business world. Three-dimensional printing is capable of churning out an increasingly complex array of objects, and may soon move on to human tissues and other organic material.

An innovation pessimist could dismiss this as “jam tomorrow”. But the idea that technology-led growth must either continue unabated or steadily decline, rather than ebbing and flowing, is at odds with history. Chad Syverson of the University of Chicago points out that productivity growth during the age of electrification was lumpy. Growth was slow during a period of important electrical innovations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; then it surged.

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Entries (11 total; 7 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #26377
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 8 users agreed with "likes" (10 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
+3
o progresso está em marcha.
Flows well
-1
+1
algures entre a vida por um fio e defunta
Good term selection
Nice choic​e for 'dir​e straits'
comungam
Good term selection
+5
1
como se tratando de um "pote de ouro no fim do arco-íris".
Good term selection
-1
+1
1
introdução das tecnologias da electricidade
Flows well
-2
1
novações electrotécnicas
Good term selection
Entry #26122
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 4 users entered 4 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (4 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
+1
bonança
Good term selection
insígnias de start-ups esperançosas,
Good term selection
-1
1
ecrã tátil
Flows well
-1
+3
1
a amargura e a morte
Flows well
Entry #26650
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 5 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
+1
fomentadas
Good term selection
utópico
Flows well
Simples e ​transmite ​a ideia de​ forma efi​caz
ter altos e baixos
Good term selection
assinala
Good term selection
+1
tosco
Good term selection
Entry #26692
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 11 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (5 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
imbuídas de esperança
Flows well
+2
1
berço
Good term selection
-1
1
ecrã tátil
Good term selection
+1
revitalização
Good term selection
estagnou
Flows well
+1
diminuto em comparação com aquelas
Flows well
+1
Em todos os setores
Good term selection
conjunto
Good term selection
desvalorizar
Good term selection
sustentado
Good term selection
altos e baixos
Flows well
Entry #26074
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 6 "like" tags
sofisticadas
Good term selection
sinaliza o crescimento da riqueza
Good term selection
está em andamento
Good term selection
é de estranhar
Good term selection
setores
Good term selection
salienta
Good term selection
Entry #26977
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 4 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (4 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
+1
tempos prósperos
Flows well
+1
mentes mais brilhantes
Good term selection
-1
1
ecrã tátil
Good term selection
+1
promessas vazias
Good term selection
promessas
Flows well
+1
realça que
Good term selection
ressurgiu
Good term selection
Entry #26911
Finalist
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 4 users entered 13 "like" tags
  • 12 users agreed with "likes" (16 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
-2
+6
4
Os tempos de fartura
Good term selection
Typical Eu​ropean Por​tuguese fi​tting desc​ription
logótipos de start-ups promissoras.
Good term selection
o berço da
Good term selection
na sua esteira
Flows well
Good expre​ssion
+2
1
ecrã tátil
Good term selection
On the mon​ey
-2
+1
2
O relançamento da sua atividade empresarial
Flows well
Good choic​e of words
+3
o progresso continua em marcha.
Flows well
Equivalent​ translati​on
tem vindo a decair
Good term selection
indigência
Good term selection
pálida sombra
Flows well
poder de processamento barato
Flows well
+3
produzir uma gama
Flows well
Good descr​iption
+1
destaca
Good term selection
Pin point ​choice


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