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The Spectre of Machine Translation

A spectre is haunting the translation industry – the spectre of machine translation. As the fear to be driven out of the marketplace is advancing inland further into the heart of every business due to the technological developments, translators are also having their fair shares of this fear – the machines taking our jobs!
How we’ve been dealing with this challenge is projecting what seems to be going to happen to us. Most of the professional comments I’ve read so far indicate that a big part of the market is still unable to predict what the future holds for us. We are just hiding our fears by laughing away the incompetent results of neural machine translations.
Some claim that MT still has a long way –several decades– to go until human translators are expelled and forced out of the market, but how much headway MT has made over the past decades is ignored, let alone its potential to be a tool indistinguishable from human translators.
But should we really be afraid of MT? Will it really t…