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Do Not Rely Exclusively on Machine Translation

Although software programs for translating from one language to another have come a long way in recent years, a lot of research still needs to be done before text can be translated in a meaningful way. Computers simply do not understand context.[3] For example, if you use the word cook as a navigation element in your Web site, which form of the word do you mean? Do you mean the verb to cook, the noun cook (as in chef), or someone who has the name Cook, as in Captain Cook? A machine will translate the word only one way, and that may not be the way it was intended. Without an experienced human translator distinguishing the many meanings of various words, the result will be a shoddy translation.

[3] A researcher at Microsoft once commented that computers are idiots—just really fast idiots.


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