Published on March 4, 2014
How Technology Has Changed the World of Technical Translation
Today’s Technology Our world is saturated with technology: • Smartphones • Holograms • Google Glass • Video messaging The list goes on…
Technology in Translation • Technology has carried over to almost every industry. • That includes translation. • Translation has become easier thanks to technology.
Terminology Management • Technical terminology is highly specialized. • Terminology management helps keep terminology consistent throughout a project. • Words are stored in a database for the translator to reference.
Machine Translation • Machine translation works well as a resource. • Can be used to translate low-priority documents that could be useful in another language. • Too flawed for high-stakes translation.
The EPO’s Free Machine Translator • • • • Translates from English into 31 different languages. Free translation service. Useful for prior art. Example of successful machine translation.
Project Tracking Tracking programs can help with several different things: • Deadlines • Priorities • Completion • Editing • Quality Control This makes it very useful for patent translation in particular, as well as other technical materials.
Accuracy Improves • Fewer mistakes occur in vocabulary. • Documents are less likely to slip through the cracks. • Paired with technology, technical document translation is far more effective.
Efficiency Improves • Translation process is now much quicker. • No shortcuts in the process, but the process itself is faster. • Businesses can compete better when they have efficient technical document translation services available.
Man vs. Machine • Machines can never completely replace human translation. • Language is too abstract, and too constantly changing. • Machine translation is sufficient for some types of writing, but not all.
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