Machine Translation

Machine translation has come a long way, but it’s still far from perfect. (Very far from perfect!) It might surprise you, though, to know that one of the better – arguably, in some cases, the best – sources of machine translation is – wait for it…

Yep, Google. (The source is this presentation (1.1MB PDF), from the Open Source Intelligence conference last month that I posted about previously.

Note, by comparison, how poorly the technology used by the evil geniuses (or evil not-so-geniuses, I guess) at MITRE performed.

It’s like they say; Google didn’t get big by being bad at what they do. (Nevermind that Google seems hell-bent on eventually doing everything, and doing it well…)

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 1st, 2007| Comments Off on Machine Translation

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