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The reconvergence of TM and MT

I twitted Jost’s video on the way TM and MT are evolving into one -or at least as complimentary technologies for the translator.

Anti-MT activists or those worried by the death of the translator need  not worry. Machine Translation (and particularly Statistical Machine Translation) has not been designed to corner translators.  It is in fact a way of improving the way translators work.I like to remind professional linguists that the mission of the translation community is to help and facilitate communication, not making money as language intermediaries or as language agents.

The key to the matter will be how different MT vendors link up or make the technology available via TM vendors, who obviously control the tool market.  It will be more dificult for a MT company to enter the mass translation market, although customization may open new ways and TM leverage and repositories are likely to become just another asset in the process. Combined with MT, the playfield might become level.

The reconvergence of TM and MT by Jost . Good video summary of the situation from the translator’s perspective