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Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… failures. Some of these are very funny (like the machine that apparently translated the English saying “out of sight, out of mind” into “invisible idiot” in Russian). However with a little crowdsourcing help, I suspect the machines may have the last laugh.

In defense of machines

Sometimes I almost feel there is a conspiracy against computers. Take the entry on Machine-aided translation in the Finnish version of Wikipedia. Far from being neutral, the article’s author …

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Speaking in tongues: how the crowd is transforming translation

Posted on by Jani Penttinen

… it, and make it available online.

This means, for example, that you can write a tweet in English at any time of the day, knowing that the tweet will also appear in Japanese and French a few minutes later. Traditionally this would involve a lot of tedious work per tweet, but PFP can automate the entire process. The efficiency, low overhead costs and quick turnaround time mean that even large quantities of small tasks are now economic.

Still unsure? Talk to a professional

As with …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Society started the immense task of creating a dictionary that included every word in the English language. As well as professional editors, the project involved a distributed army of volunteers. Hundreds of people, from all over England, sent in obscure words, quotations and whole entries. Hours of personal time were given, by amateurs, to create what would eventually become the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Okay, removing my rose tinted lenses I have to admit that for all its …

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Language Lessons: translating the global conversation

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stars. Despite all this progress, one area where machines have traditionally struggled is language translation (remember the bad old days of Alta Vista’s Babel Fish?).

The problem is that human languages are too complex to be easily broken down into computer-proof algorithms. However, as we’ve discussed before, machine translation is now starting to evolve. Google, in particular, has pioneered new techniques that work by using cloud computing to trawl through and analyze huge …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… world, this crowdsourced transcription system is perfect for travelers who don’t speak the local language. The researchers plan to launch a smartphone app called Legion:Scribe this October, which will help you pay too much for souvenirs in almost any language you can think of.

The possibilities are truly exciting. The app could transform your smartphone into a Star Trek-style Universal Translator, letting you talk to absolutely anyone. If the researchers manage to hit their goal of a …

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