How Advertising Can Help Improve Machine Translation of Languages

Automatic translation of languages by machines has been a standard fixture of science fiction - and like quite a few other sci-fi standards, it has been painfully slow to cross over to reality.

A recent breakthrough called 'statistical machine translation' promises to pluck this fantasy out of its permanent future resident status. Here's a description of how the technique works (from an Economist article in June 2006):

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Fans, Translation, and Cultural Flow

by: Nancy Baym

My favorite band, Madrugada, has released a new record. It’s an emotionally-loaded time for them and their fans: their guitarist, whose contribution to their sound cannot be replaced, passed away last summer, just a month after most of this record had been recorded. The surviving members returned to the studio, finished the record, and have just released it to fawning reviews.

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