[Foundation-l] Google Translate now assists with humantranslations of Wikipedia articles

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Wed Jun 10 16:53:46 UTC 2009

Bennó wrote:
> Let me agree with it completely (out of the shadow ;). This feature's aim is
> obviously to help understand totally "alien" texts to a certain [at least
> minimal?] extent. This whole thing has absolutely nothing to do with
> 'translation/interpretation' in it's proper sense. It's a pair of crutches
> for those, who are otherwise helpless. ;) 
Sure, but even with 90% accuracy (which is still very low) one needs to 
remain aware of the limitations of machine translation.  Seeing it as a 
crutch is a healthy approach.  What needs to be discouraged is the 
dangerous techno-pop attitude that there is a machine solution for every 
situation, and that machines can find the magic substitute for common sense.


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