It is the year 2020, but our relationship with technology is as complicated as ever. It is true that people have come to rely on technology for a lot of things, whereas in the past many of them thought of modern machines as their enemies. However, even today, people find it difficult to trust technology completely and rightly so. Although our computers and the internet help us a lot, they are not perfect in everywhere. Like their creators, they make mistakes too, which is why it is not suitable to trust them a hundred percent. Humans should always listen to each other first and then turn to the machines.
Machine vs. Human Translation:
Only a few things in history have helped humanity as much as translation. It is only because of the translation that we can stay connected to each other despite linguistic barriers. Governments can sit down for a talk and resolve their issues without facing any misunderstandings due to the differences of languages. Businesses can thrive in different countries with the help of linguistic experts. This way, everyone gets access to modern products and services. Patients can get second opinions from foreign doctors with the help of linguistic services.
There are many fields in which the human vs. machine debate never reaches a conclusion. But when it comes to translation, the answer has always been clear because machines cannot understand the cultural aspects of languages the way humans can. However, this doesn’t mean that the machines have not been trying. Many big companies launched their translation software to compete with human experts. Over the years, people have come to rely on such software and apps for day to day translations. But the fact still remains that machines are no match to the ability of the human experts when it comes to solving linguistic problems.
Google has always been a well-known and loved name among internet users. The search engine has helped people find solutions to millions of problems over the years. Google also launched its own translation program. It is available in both browser and app forms. Frequent travelers rely on the app to communicate with the natives whenever they are in a foreign country. There are many useful features of this app. There is even an offline mode, but it currently does not support all the languages. However, it is still pretty useful to have access to so many languages, even without an internet connection.
The app has an image option in which people can take pictures of a signboard or menu and get their translations easily. Users can also use the voice feature to get translations. In this mode, two people can easily carry out a conversation with the help of the app even if they don’t know each other’s tongues. The app also offers pronunciations so people can learn to speak a foreign language in the right way. It can also be used as a pretty powerful dictionary that has millions of words in it.
Being Accused of Using Google Translation, An Insult, or a Compliment in the Future?
The fact that Google’s program is so successful does not mean that it is always accurate. When it comes to translating official documents, only a qualified human expert can help people. However, many believe that Google’s program is perfect and can provide accurate results regardless of the type of document it is presented with. They go as far as to accuse agencies of using Google Translate. They think that companies do not hire human experts and get help from machines in the completion of all of their tasks.
Today, despite all of its improvements, Google Translate is still not a hundred percent accurate in its results. It is also only helpful with a few famous languages. When it comes to Asian or African vernaculars, it often provides inaccurate results. It is also not equipped to handle official documents like a birth certificate. But despite all that, people still accuse agencies of using Google’s language services. If they were doing that, none of their results would be accurate.
Another interesting question regarding Google Translate is whether or not it will become accurate enough in the future that being accused of using it will be considered a compliment. If you know anything about the language industry and the way translation works, you would know that the answer to that is pretty simple. Even with a hundred new upgrades, Google’s program will not become better than the work of human experts. Being accused of using it to provide translations to clients will always be considered an insult. Agencies and experts deserve credit for their quality work. But unfortunately, people would rather celebrate a program that does not even offer accurate results than human experts who have achieved perfection in their work after years of practice.
Think of the human vs. machine debate in other fields like surgery, and it would make sense. Even if machines become super advanced, no one would trust their opinion over that of a qualified surgeon. Although there is no life or death situation when it comes to translation, accuracy is still very important. Inaccuracies can create huge misunderstandings. So, whether we are talking about the present or the future, only human experts should be allowed to handle linguistic problems. Machines can stick to helping people with ordering food and asking for directions when they are in a foreign country.