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From Imagination To Conception – 35 Years In The Making
When it comes to virtual and augmented reality, Tim Cook stated he and Apple are most interested in AR because it can enhance and amplify human experiences. He also said, “There’s no substitute for human contact”. I’ve been shouting this from the mountain tops for over 8 years, yet no one has come up with a better solution when it comes to translation services. Everyone wants to know how I do it, but someone with a brain will eventually ask “what if he can do it”?
The quest for a machine that can reliably translate between one language and another has been going on since 1954, when IBM translated the first pieces of text from English to Russian. Obviously, a “universal translator” would be a tremendous asset to the medical, legal, travel and insurance industries.
America has been militarily involved with 191 of the Earths 194 countries. The U.S. military has been involved in so many countries with people speaking so many languages, it is hard to know all the time what they are actually saying. Machine translation has progressed by leaps and bounds, but a truly dependable “universal translator” has not yet been developed.
26 million Americans are Limited English Proficient (LEP), a number that is growing rapidly and has increased by 30 percent over the past decade—more than triple the growth rate of the overall U.S. population. The need for fast and efficient translation services is now more crucial than ever. As the demand for translation services increases, the supply is still limited to staff translators, audio translation services and limited remote video services.
As LEP individuals begin representing an overwhelmingly large percentage of the population, providing the language services will become more expensive, and the resulting landscape will not only necessitate a more effective strategy that allows those who are LEP and interpreters to interact face-to-face, but will also provide a major incentive for all industries to provide the most effective services possible for everyone.
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