From: Andrew West (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jan 28 2011 - 05:40:19 CST
On 28 January 2011 11:13, William_J_G Overington
> Well, that would be ideal. Yet could it be made to work now? I suggest that it could not.
Have you used Google Translate recently? It certainly would not be
perfect, but it certainly is workable at the present time, and if I
owned a mobile phone then automatic translation of incoming messages
is something that I would expect to be a standard optional feature.
> There would be no need for language translation algorithms to be involved. The translations would have been made previously by experts, translated into each language by a native speaker and verified for correctness by the companies producing the databases.
For most users I suspect that the flexibility of being able to say
anything they want, and not just a limited number of basic sentences,
far outweighs the advantages of a perfect translation over an
imperfect, but in most cases understandable, translation.
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