Last month, Google Translate celebrated its 6th birthday. According to Google, more than 200 million people use this simple Internet translation service monthly. “What all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day,” said Google Translate engineer Franz Och, who originally invented this Google service.
In 2010, the US Defense Department spent nearly $ 700 million on a single translation contract for human interpreters – mostly in Afghanistan. A high demand for machine translation systems that would reduce this vast budget is obvious. … [Continue reading]