Even when human societies first tentatively interacted with each other, there were instances of interpretation and translation. Reasons such as trade and diplomacy between nations and societies were important early engines behind the refinement of translation practices, and the urge to better understand other viewpoints all involved different kinds of evolving methods.
Machine translation as a concept has come a long way since it was initially tested over 60 years ago. It was originally suggested as a method for the US government to monitor Russian activities after World War 2; now it has developed into something that has transformed the translation industry entirely.
Translation tools have played a huge role in shaping the industry and here at CSOFT, we consider ourselves experts in the field. So much so that CSOFT’s very own Michael Gray led a workshop on translation tools in the CSOFT San Francisco office recently which was attended by a number of experts in the translation industry.