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Machine Translation

What about the future?

At this point, many requesters of translation will be asking about the future. Won't we soon have machine translation systems that can produce translation of any text, not just controlled domain-specific texts, that is as good as human translation but faster and cheaper? Such systems would substantially reduce the cost of post-editing for machine translation and thus change the results of using the human/machine formula I have proposed. The answer is that this will not happen in the foreseeable future. We will now hint at the theoretical basis for this claim and suggest further reading relevant to this topic. Chances are your translation job does not qualify for machine translation according to the formula we have proposed. Read on to find out more about why raw machine translation is often of low quality.

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