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Jaap van der Meer Wednesday, 24 February 2016 in Translation '22

The Future Does Not Need Translators*

* The title is borrowed from an article written by Bill Joy (then Chief Scientist at Sun Microsystems) and published in Wired Magazine in April 2000. (Why the future does not need us). This article was somewhat gloomy, giving us a warning about a future in which machines essentially dominate us, humans. “We must do more thinking up front if we are not to be (…) surprised and shocked by the consequences of our inventions.” Projecting this fundamental and existential problem on our own sector, the field of translation, could easily lead to depressing and devastating visions of the translation industry in the coming decades, and as a result put us – everyone working in this industry – in a defensive and reactive or inactive state of mind. What we much rather do is be realistic about it, have an open mind about both the upsides and the downsides. The future may not need us, but we certainly need a future.

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Attila Görög Thursday, 14 January 2016 in TAUS Events

Great Expectations

Last year, I did some New Year's predictions in my post Wishing you an innovative 2015! reflecting on topics that would keep us awake in 2015. To continue writing on these expectations (calling them predictions might be too pretentious), making this a tradition, here is my two cents again on some of the new topics that will dominate this year’s blog posts and translation conferences. Last time, I talked about big data and business intelligence becoming the buzz words of the year. I also mentioned a new direction in the industry towards dynamic pricing based on quality and productivity results. And of course, translation quality will be a popular discussion topic everywhere you go. Just read on to see why...

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Paola Valli Monday, 30 November 2015 in TAUS Events

Disrupt Me (Not)

The TAUS Annual Conference in Silicon Valley opened with a panel discussion about innovation led by Paula Shannon (Lionbridge) who skillfully introduced the concept of sustainable, disruptive and devastating innovation for her panel to discuss. Companies such as Airbnb and Uber were cited as examples of disruptive innovation and with the imminent TAUS Innovation Excellence Award to be given out, there was the distinct feeling that something new was about to happen.

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Jaap van der Meer Monday, 30 November 2015 in TAUS Events

The Game Changers of 2016

The world can be overwhelming, so it’s tempting to try to make it smaller, more controllable. It’s the same with the world of localization. It’s overwhelming, so much content, so many languages. You would like to make it smaller, more manageable. I don’t want to make this a political debate, but I think we, localization professionals, know best that we cannot establish borders and keep them closed. The world is one. And in fact, if you think about it: our work is all about helping the world (and our customers) communicate better. Isn’t it great to work in a profession with such a noble ideology?

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Nick Lambson Tuesday, 17 November 2015 in Translation '22

The Innovator’s Dilemma

The translation industry is growing, but not fast enough! The amount of content published every day vastly exceeds the amount that can be translated by the few hundred thousand translators in today’s workforce. Machine translation seems to be a part of the solution, yet the world is still waiting for this technology to mature. How do we scale up the translation industry’s capacity for the massive potential opportunity?

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Attila Görög Tuesday, 03 November 2015 in TAUS Events

Orange is the New Black

A short impression of the 7th TAUS QE Summit held October, 2015 at eBay (San Jose, California).

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Anne-Maj van der Meer Monday, 26 October 2015 in TAUS Events

A Glimpse into the TAUS Annual Conference 2015

On the 12th and 13th October we held our TAUS Annual Conference in San Jose, California. A record number of people attended - 135 - and we introduced a (perhaps) new tradition of TAUS Haus musicians.

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Attila Görög Thursday, 08 October 2015 in Quality Matters

Translation Productivity Revisited

Once upon a time in Land of Translations...

... we wanted to know how many words we could produce per month, per day, per hour. How much time we needed to craft human quality translation, post-editing machine translated segments. And we wanted to track the edit distance. Why on Earth?! To find ways to profile translators and post-editors, to set prices, to compare vendors, to categorize content, evaluate MT engine performance... the list is endless but are we doing it right?

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Luigi Muzii Friday, 02 October 2015 in Translation Industry Events

Change vs. Innovation

"Last year, at Localization World Dublin, many insisted that the buzzword for the next future in the industry would be ‘change.’At the ATC Conference 2015 in Manchester, almost all speakers talked about change. 

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Isabella Massardo Thursday, 24 September 2015

What is a translation company’s market value?

Recently, one global player in translation bought out a competitor. Another key player was court-ordered to break up and sell their company. These business developments—and more—set me to thinking: What, exactly, does the buyer get when acquiring a translation company? What is the market value of a given translation company as a whole? And how does the market put a price on a company’s individual assets?

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