I enjoyed attending a lot of L10n rooms where they all tackled a lot of important topics related to culture & how AI is affecting us nowadays!
- Platform Economics, Rapid Scaling, and Localization
- Localization Explained
- The Worldly Marketer Chat
- Language, Culture, and Growth
- Localisation talks – PoPo
And in the same week, Slator reported interestingly that: “a court in Poland has set a precedent of sorts by weighing in on the use of free machine translation (MT) tools such as Google Translate?” read the full story.
All of which correlates with an interview hosted by Andrew Morris & Tanya Quintieri having Henry Líu talking about “The Future of our Profession and The Industry” – Translation Mastermind Summit 2020 during which he shed light on the changes happening in our profession, reshapings, market demands, and transformation!
He also expressed how it is “ridiculous” some clients are requesting to lower the rates of PEMT (Post Editing) tasks as long as they need to humanise an MT to reach the perfect outcome i.e. we are fixing a problem with your tool so reasonably we should charge more!
Machines can’t translate the various degrees of emotions! Initial positive & negative connotations of some words according to a particular context/culture can’t be fully understood by a machine!
”Technology is changing the way we interact as humans.” — Dan Brown
And that what we have to talk about. It’s not about the replacement of a translator/ linguist, it’s about how we will do the actual work we are doing nowadays!
In their book, Humility Is the New Smart: Your job is at risk—if not now, then soon” Edward D. Hess & Katherine Ludwig are exploring “how human beings can excel at the skills that smart machines and smart robots will not be able to do well in the next few decades, which is totally related!
For me, translation is a scientific art & a sophisticated process performed by the most complex organ in the human body – the human brain!
However, this doesn’t mean that neglecting MT in our translation/ localisation community is the right decision!
We have to study the tech-savvy tools and make use of the available technologies. That’s why I have taken the MTPE certification by SDL, notwithstanding my beliefs because we must have the courage to read the trends hovering around to be able to reap its benefits if any!
It covers the techniques and skills involved in MTPE:
- Rules-based Machine Translation (RBMT);
- Statistical Machine Translation (SMT);
- Neural Machine Translation (NMT);
- Different MT solutions: Generic & Customizable engines;
- Differenct levels of post-editing: light post-editing, full PE vs Over-editing, etc!
And I came to the conclusion that: Neural MTPE is an asset to human linguists & not a replacement! “Translation & Culture Matter” – AI will hardly be able to imitate culture! And according to some studies, 75-80% of prosumers around the world prefer to buy what reflects their own cultural identity.
Entrepreneurial Arabic Linguist (LL.B.) (B.A.)
Born in Egypt, Shaimaa was raised in Qatar until she was 11 when she returned to Egypt. She lives and breathes MSA Arabic as well as Gulf & Egyptian dialects/cultures. She localizes and translates from English to Arabic and specializes in legal, UN, and EU affairs, as well as general and documentary translations since 2006. She studied legal translation at the American University in Cairo and is the founder and owner of Transarabizers.