Translation Tech

A Quick Peek at the Future of Translation Technology

Communication through languages is what makes us human. Take that from the equation, and things will be very much different from the world as we know it. Intuition, consciousness, and free-will are impossible concepts to discuss if it is not with languages. But all over the world, there are millions of language. Some were extinct, and some others have managed to retain their importance. Some share similar ancestry while some others are very distinctive from one to another. And in these gaps is where translation technology takes its role.

Machine Translation

The awkward translation

Extensive Data

Google launched its first translation service on 28 April 2006. It employed the outdated version of translation version, the statistical machine translation. Then on November 15, 2016, just two years ago, Google began using neural Machine Translation (MT). And as we know it, the machine is not adequate to translate a big chunk of languages, such as essays, research papers, and news. Technical vocabulary got an awkward direct translation, and a translated literary work was nearly impossible to understand. But it is going to change drastically very soon.

The dawn of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) has been a game changer in humanity’s development. It can gather extensive and holistic knowledge on a subject, which will give translation machine an evolutionary leap. Neural MT applies the principles of machine learning into processing a very big chunk of data. When the process gets faster, in theory, the machine can cover all languages in the world, and the translation will be much more accurate. A contextual speech will be understandable to the translation machine.

An A.I. is not only a robot with a human voice. The processing capacity allows the system to learn new language structures. The more the A.I. process language data, the more fluent and humane it will appear. Now imagine if the A.I. is integrated into the Internet. The digital entity will be the real omniscient being.

Linguists might change their specialization.

Robot TranslationIn the next fifty years, language science will be very different. Once translation ability can be recreated by a machine, then language can be experimented and simulated. We will understand the ultimate question in language science, “How did we acquire language in the first place?” better.

Linguists might work as an archaeologist, reviving the lost and forgotten languages that can unlock the minds of the ancient civilizations. And as for the futurist, language researchers are most likely to focus on inventing new languages.…

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Origami

Four Technological Inventions that Were Inspired by Origami

Origami is an art to fold papers, napkin, fabric, or any other to form a particular shape. It is originated from Japan, which you might have inferred from the name, but has been known all over the world. You might remember when you were a kid, you liked to tear a piece of paper from your book and fold it into an airplane. That is also an origami, although it is the simplest one. Other simple shapes include a ship, a tulip flower, or a hat.

Origami PaperAn origami master, on the other hand, can form a semi-realistic figure like a bumblebee, a dragon, or a complicated structure of a building only by folding a piece of paper. Inspired by the art, engineers have found out that its use can surpass its artistic purpose.

The old art that dates back to the 17th century has been researched deeply by scientists and has inspired many breakthroughs. Here are four of them.

Space solar panel

Harnessing Solar EnergySpace solar panel gives energy to either a space station or plane. But the problem with solar panels is that they need to be assembled to form a broad surface to gather the maximum amount of solar heat. This design would be impractical if launched directly without a folding technology. And there is where origami comes in handy.

Solar panels of an aircraft are folded in a very precise manner to avoid overload. And then once the craft is outside the atmosphere, the panels unfold and recharge the craft’s energy.

Car’s airbag

As surprising as it may sound, your car’s airbag is one of the origami-inspired products. If you ever notice the true size of an airbag, you might have been wondering how it fits in the dashboard container. Origami has made the folding very efficient in both the folding and unfolding process.

Medical nanorobots

Origami in MedicsThe idea of a tiny robot that can insert to your body as a capsule and expand once it is inside might be scary. However, this will be very helpful in medic. Invasive surgery might be omitted and replaced with the robots. It can repair your internal organs without incisions that can damage the outer tissues. But today, the technology is still in its infancy.

The real transformers

The idea of mechanical folding can contribute to many aspects of the industry. Industrial machines with an advanced folding design will require minimal space to store when not needed. Once applied to heavy-duty equipment, origami can make transporting them becomes easier than before.…

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