3 AI Effects on the Machine Translation Industry

Machine Translation

Communication has always been an important part of all human endeavors throughout history. The ability to express and understand ideas continues to be a crucial determinant in growth across all industries, from business and diplomacy to technology in recent years. Globalization and the introduction of quick translation technology via API have made this even more significant, not only for trade but also for news, legal issues, and other topics.

With over 7,000 languages to choose from, content production and translation has inevitably become a necessity. Human services, on the other hand, have long been unable to meet the growing demands of publishers and customers of translation services due to the exponential growth of data. Although automated translation tools have historically had less impact on the role than other spheres due to their inability to pick up language nuances as well as humans, the advent of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning software has advanced the state-of-the-art to near human parity.

Processing of large amounts of data

Access to large datasets and machines that can analyze them considerably more efficiently than previously conceivable is one of the primary drivers of advanced AI software being deployed for translation services. Using both, Google, for example, has been able to significantly improve its translation service, translating 300 trillion words compared to the professional translation industry’s predicted 200 billion words translated in 2019. Although the precision of the translations is often incorrect, there has been a tremendous improvement. Many businesses and users who previously could not afford translation services have had their lives revolutionized as a result of this. However, it has prompted worries about privacy and the ability of generic engines to be customized to specific needs in industrial and commercial environments.

Although it may appear that only large corporations can access and mine massive data in order to own or improve their machine translation systems, this is far from the case. Although advanced, the underlying machine learning required for machine translation development is frequently open-source, allowing a wide range of enterprises of all sizes to use it and adjust it to meet their individual needs. The essential aspects are how these corporations construct pre- and post-processes, as well as how much data they collect in order to construct their own systems.


The sheer number of languages spoken around the world has allowed businesses to specialize in specific languages and sectors. For example, while the average person may use Google to translate tweets, businesspeople who require highly accurate translations of legal documents will typically continue to hire service providers who specialize in that field. Even in these circumstances, the amount of data collected (sometimes multiple hard disks) makes machine translation an ally of the legal profession, defense, and law enforcement in transferring material from one language to another.

Will professional translators become extinct in the near future? Many occupations have been affected by AI and near-human-parity deep automation, and this has been a common question. Human-in-the-loop systems are based on the idea that humans examine machine-translated output, make stylistic modifications and enhancements, and that it is their own feedback that enhances the translation software’s quality. Almost no language company will offer to translate a document from the ground up. This allows for more efficient processes to be created, such as running files and documents via local or cloud machine translation tools and then having people check them for accuracy. This allows the work to be completed more quickly while maintaining the high level of accuracy required.

Adoption rates are rising.

Although globalization has increased demand for translation services, recent events such as the Covid epidemic have exponentially increased that demand. There is currently a focus on remote work and limiting inter-personal contact to necessary situations. As a result of these trends, businesses have begun to rely on AI solutions to help them communicate across language barriers.

As a result of the increased demand, the development of machine translation technology has accelerated. Looking back barely five years, translation technology has progressed from rule-based and statistical models to Neural Machine Translation (NMT), which uses neural networks to closely simulate how a human translator would handle and translate materials. The rate of development and engagement of humans-in-the-loop will continue to increase as more attention is paid to the industry, as will the efficiency and accuracy of machine translation software.

Except in a few specialized circumstances, the old approach of having human translators pore over documents and translate them line by line has long been antiquated and nearly extinct. When it comes to large data, businesses in the twenty-first century demand high-quality, quick language delivery. Companies of all sizes may now compete on content publication by adopting specialized machine translation, especially when they focus on certain languages and use cases, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. This has also resulted in more opportunities for inventors and entrepreneurs to create specialized solutions to suit the growing demand brought on by globalization.