F996 Fall 2018 Google Translate: What to Expect, What Not to Expect
Monday, 9:40–11:05, Nov. 5
Instructor: Thomas Appich
Google Translate, and other tools like it, implement what is called “machine translation” (MT). MT has been a goal since the 1960s, but until relatively recently that goal has remained elusive. Modern MT systems are vastly better than their predecessors, but they still have a considerable way to go. It is important for the user to understand what they can and, more significantly, what they can’t do.
Before Thomas Appich went into computers, he was a linguist/translator in multiple languages. He has worked with a number of MT systems over the years.