How Automatic Translators Improve Our Lives

16 March 2022

If you have ever tried to learn a second language, you know how tough it can be. Even with years of practice, many of us can still struggle to grasp the language. Being multilingual can be an advantage in life. Many global businesses employ multilingual people to translate their content to reach a wider audience. But learning a new language is time-consuming and can get expensive. Some of us do not have the time to become fluent in a new language. Yet being able to communicate with one another across language barriers is still necessary. To bridge the language gap, many people are turning to the power of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence can give us the ability to overcome language barriers. We now can turn to machines to translate speech and text. Machine translators have existed for a while, but enhancements in the technology used to support them have made them much more advantageous in recent years. One of the advantages of using machines to translate is their speed. A machine powered by artificial intelligence can be programmed to process large amounts of data in a short amount of time. Unlike a human translator, machine translators can create translations in “real-time”. When translating large amounts of texts, it can be helpful to have a machine present that can process the data and produce a result instantaneously. When used in conjunction with human translators, machine translation can help organizations save time and energy. Some companies have reported that machine translators have allowed them to improve their turnaround times by upwards of 35%.

Machine translators are also cost-effective. When appropriately trained, a machine can learn to understand your voice, tone, and style of talk and translate accordingly. With the right translator, you can delegate much of the translation work to a machine, eliminating the need to hire a human translator full-time. When paired with human editors, machine translators can help drive costs down for organizations by at least 15%.

Though machine translation cannot replace human translators outright, its speed and relative accuracy give human translators an excellent starting point to work from. Up to half of the human translators rely on machine translations to get through the initial stages of translating documents. A professional translator or linguist can take the raw translations produced by the machine and use them to create a legible copy. Many industries require translators to deliver translations for large volumes of text in a concise amount of time. For translators working with high volumes of texts, having a machine translator is an asset to speed up the process.

Communication across language barriers is a necessity for many reasons. Whether you are a business that operates on a global scale or an individual looking to communicate with others who do not speak the same language, it is beneficial to have technology around that allows us to translate. Though human translators are still a necessity, machine translation can help drive down costs and streamline the translation process.