Machine Translation, email and communication
Machine Translation (MT) is an automated translation of text performed by a computer. It provides text translations based on computer algorithms without human involvement. With Machine Translation, source text is easily and quickly translated into one or more target languages.
The most basic function of Machine Translation is the word-by-word translation where a word in source language is replaced with the corresponding word in another language. This system has been a source of much confusion and general distrust in MT engines. However, since its humble beginnings, MT has developed significantly and the quality and precision of translation is setting higher bars.
Emails and communication
If a company is operating in several countries or on several continents even, communication becomes more difficult to manage. The language skills of employees can vary a lot. Even if English was chosen as the company’s official language, not everyone may be able to use it, at least well enough. Many people would in fact prefer communication in their native language, which would decrease ambiguity. However, this is nearly impossible when the company has sites all over the world.
Machine translation can help decrease or even eliminate the language barrier in communication. A translation of the text can be obtained quickly and in a form that enables the recipients to understand the core content of the message.
Machine translation can be particularly important in cases where an acute issue needs to be communicated to a large number of people. When, for instance, a disturbance in production can be announced quickly to a large group of people, the problem can also be responded to quickly and effectively. In such a situation, the recipient can quickly and easily translate the original message into their own language, or the sender can take care of that.
Even though machine translation solutions are developing all the time, it must be kept in mind that the translations they produce are not completely free of errors. So one cannot assume at this point that the output of a machine translation engine is always good.
Machine translation can be used in many ways, for instance, to follow the development of one’s field of expertise and to obtain competition-related information. The bulletins and advertisements of a local competitor can be translated, as well as the content of local patents.
Machine translation can help in situations where speed is the most important factor. You get the machine translation almost immediately for your use. It is also a great benefit that machine translation can be used to easily translate texts that would otherwise not be translated at all, such as email messages.
This use case can be handled with different engines offered by different providers on the market. To help companies discover and test these different engines, we have developed Eden AI, which provides a single, simple access to all these engines: