Emerging Technologies Revolutionizing the Translation Industry


Languages that initially facilitated human communication, co-operation, and growth of civilized society are becoming a barrier for the world to work together. As e-commerce is becoming globalized and consumers are interested in buying from any trader worldwide, reaching out to customers in local languages has become mandatory for better customer acquisition. Today, translating the website for readers from all over the world is easier because of advancement in technologies. Translation technologies are set to change the way we are teaching and learning languages in our schools. The recent technological developments with assistance of human translators are the major driving factors for the change in this industry.
Innovative Systems for Quality
Recently, many technologies are developed to aid the human translators, and even machine-based translations are successfully attempted. Computer-aided translation (CAT) works with the language assets like translation memory and translation glossary which operated through an integrated workbench and helps in the translation process. With the help of these language assets, translators use previously approved translations reducing their repetitive work and enhance the productivity and consistency of translators.
Translation Management Service (TMS) works towards automation of the translation process to save the cost. It reduces the errors and saves time by implementing the alternative method by replacing manual file transfers.
Content Management System (CMS) is used for website content or any other online media content in social media, apps, etc. These tools have multilingual capabilities, website translation options like localized microsites or parallel sites. They are very effective in the normal business scenario but may need linguistic expertise for specific circumstances and complexity levels of a website.
Machine translation (MT) is the latest technology has made a footprint in all segments. This software can translate the content from one language to other based on the internal algorithms and language, grammar settings already programmed in it. The important business documents that are meant to convey the right meaning across the parties involved. Such demanding consumers prefer professional translators at least for post-editing works. A significantly large content can be processed effectively by combining MT with a human post editor.
Translation Quality Assurance (TQA) is more of a scan-search-find application solution for removing errors and ambiguity in the content that is not in line with the approved glossary. Sentences and segments that are not translated consistently and are out of context can be found with the help of this software. This tool greatly improves the quality of final translated file by human editors and assures the required quality levels in service.
Ground Breaking Translation Technologies
Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is emerging as a modern technology in translation industry with the potential to disrupt the business process and create a post-language economy. NMT exercises its deep learning functions and enables it for human-like contextual translation ability with the proper tone. Pure Neural Machine Translation (PNMT) technology uses a unique approach where instead of translating word by word, it processes full sentences to determine the meaning. One of the products launched using AI technology can scan the words written anywhere by mobile camera and can translate it.
Speech-to-speech’ translation in real-time is the innovation in the market. Headphones that can translate the speech of the person before or on the phone are very helpful. This can completely eliminate the need to recognize any foreign language and developing language interpretation as a commercial reality very soon.
Video translations are the current trend in the translation industry in 2018. This can be a key trend as video creators are trying to reach out to consumers who increasingly prefer video content for information. Multilingual videos are also becoming common for multinational operators in the media industry with high reliance on online video content for their global business.
Social media is overflowing with the video contents and video calls and this media are now representing a common method of communication. Video calling apps and some companies are developing AI enabled solutions to make real-time machine translations. The caller on one end can speak in his own language, and audience on the other side can hear its translation in real time.
An interesting technology is emerging to take translations beyond the words. Sign language used by differently abled persons are now being analyzed using motion detection and cameras for translation to normal spoken words with sound output. Deep learning technologies are equally being applied for translations in communication systems with multiple locations of global companies.
The Future of Translation Industry
Translation companies will change profoundly with cutting-edge technologies that are probably creating a paradigm shift in the business world. As the internet is spreading to the remote parts of the world, translations are being done into rarely used language to save them from becoming extinct. These languages have not been handled by machines before but their translations will be in-demand by businesses to reach to the customers in all such remote places.
International business relations can affect long term if communication is not clearly interpreted as intended. Industry-specific translation solutions will be required specifically for doctors and lawyers and other such fields. Human editors can give more time to be more imaginative and creative with their language by using AI based post-editing tool. They can produce the content in a language that the consumers are comfortable. Translating is all about transferring ideas, like telling a story into another language in a natural way.  It is now becoming more evident that information processing technologies can enhance human imaginations and thinking.

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