The Directorate-General for Translation (European Parliament) has recently published a compilation of six contributions from its biennial internal conference, entitled “The Many Faces of Translation – Machine translation: driven by humans, powered by technology“.
“The theme of the 2021 conference was ‘Machine Translation: driven by humans, powered by technology’. Over the course of the two days, we explored how humans and machines can work together efficiently. One aspect was particularly important to us: the ethical aspects of artificial intelligence (AI). There is no doubt that AI has already become a key technology. The European Union needs to keep up with progress in this field. However, cutting-edge technology is not an end in itself. While AI should be part of our toolbox, humans must always be front and centre.”
Readers may be interested in the recent publication by Language Science Press, in open access pdf format, of an edited volume entitled “Machine translation for everyone: Empowering users in the age of artificial intelligence“.
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In Canada, a project has been launched “to inform all kinds of users about how MT systems process information, as well as to teach them how to interact with MT tools either before or after the translation phase to get results that meet their needs”.
The infographics have been widely shared over Twitter, and are so far available in English and French. The files are open access and the project website says “feel free to adapt to other languages and let us know so we can link to them!”. Continue reading
My ears pricked up (well, my eyes) when I saw a tweet by the relatively new blog Slator, ostensibly about NMT (Neural Machine Translation).
Head of at law firm says NMT not sufficiently developed for use in much of their work
So I clicked through, and was pleasantly surprised to find an article which contains interesting insights into a law firm that respects the legal translator’s role.
It is my sincere pleasure to announce that the closing keynote of the conference #W2D2017 Legal Translation to the Next Level will be delivered by Henry Liu, President of the International Federation of Translators and Special Advisor to the Chief Justice of New Zealand. His talk is entitled “The Case Against Plain Language“.
We are delighted and most grateful for the mark of support that this shows for the conference initiative.
Apparently,¹ thanks to an Arabic>French translation of a recent press release (Google Translate strikes again), the Tunisian Minister of Culture became a laughing stock when announcing a new legal framework for artists and designers.
The European Commission has recently published a report on Translation and intellectual property rights.
The law firm Bird & Bird LLP was commissioned for the study, which aims to provide an overview of some of the main intellectual property right issues relevant to the domain of translation, including in the field of machine-aided translations.
On Sunday I had a “Duh” moment when I saw an article entitled “Free machine translation can leak data“, published in TCWorld, a magazine for international information management. I think I can safely say that this doesn’t take any legal translator by surprise (!), nor indeed any other reader of this blog.
This guest post is published under a GNU version 2 licence, and comes from the Open Translation Tools Manual (more about that in a forthcoming post). It was written by Ed Bice in 2009, with modifications by Thom Hastings also in 2009. Despite being 3 years old, I think it brings up some very interesting topics for discussion. I look forward to reading your comments!
American copyright law considers a translation a derivative work. As such translators must obtain permission from the copyright or derivative right holder of the source language text. With regard to online translation, we expect that as Machine Translation (MT) and Hybrid Distributed Translation (HDT- strategies combining human and machine translation) come of age significant changes will need to be made to the legal framework to accommodate these technologies.
In this post, I would like to give you a taster of the controversial subject of machine translation (MT). Full references are given below so that you can read further if you are interested.
Potentially, MT could, inter alia, reduce costs, widen access to content, process large volumes of data in order to identify items of interest, make translators’ work more interesting by taking over repetitive tasks, and facilitate communication, for example in social networks or where very unfamiliar languages are involved. The key caveat is that users be clear about the limitations of MT with respect to the translation skopos (or purpose).