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Translations: Will machine translation eventually replace human translators?

While translation was one of the first intended applications of computers over 50 years ago, the inherent complexity of language has so far frustrated all attempts at high-quality fully automatic machine translation, despite the spectacular innovations in hardware and software since those early days... While machines have been successfully used to aid translators in repetitive tasks and to translate simple texts or "laundry lists" of words, even the most expensive and sophisticated computer systems have not been able to produce translations of acceptable quality of more demanding texts without extensive pre- and post-editing by human involvement. Most experts agree in that this situation is unlikely to change substantially in the foreseeable future.