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Few technologies provoke more debate than machine translation (MT). Futurists have long predicted its widespread adoption, some experts opine that it will be ready for prime time in anywhere from two to 200 years, and casual experimenters trade silly results from online MT services. Companies consider it, but most choose either more expensive human translation (HT) or the pocket veto of no translation at all – what Common Sense Advisory labels as “zero translation” (ZT).

SDL sees a huge opportunity between these extremes of HT and ZT. Common Sense Advisory recently met with CEO Mark Lancaster and CTO Keith Mills to discuss their plans for unifying MT, workflow, and translation memory into a Knowledge-Based Translation (KbT) system.

Common Sense Advisory delivers the first look at SDL’s KbT system, how it stands up to terminology extractors such as Fusion Translation and MultiTrans, and the impact the release will have on software suppliers including Global Sight, Idiom, and Systran.

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