Change and Modern Technology:
In the beginning, when humans had no tools, survival was pretty challenging. But as time went on, they learned how to use different materials to make tools. They used wood to create weapons. However, creating that first tool is not why we have survived on this planet for so long. The reason we are still here and thriving every day is we never gave up. We continued working on new creations. We never invented something extraordinary and decided to give up trying after that. We have changed with the times, and we have also upgraded the things around us.
If we have so many new inventions around us today that help us in our daily lives, it is only because we keep on experimenting. Some people question whether this dependence on technology is good or not. Although the question isn’t unjustified, we cannot ignore the way modern technology has made our lives easier. We can get a lot of things done without having to leave our house. We can connect with people in any part of the world in just a few seconds.
One field where the usefulness of technology has not been established yet is translation. Linguistic differences can keep us away from each other. Because of them, a lot of misunderstandings can arise between people and nations. The internet has tried to offer its assistance with this problem too. There are many software and apps available today that offer translations of common words and phrases. However, people wonder whether or not these translations are a hundred percent accurate.
We may have created Artificial Intelligence; some things will always require a human’s touch. A robot may create a painting, but only a human can add emotion to it. Humans rely on their life experiences and understanding of other’s emotions while working in creative fields. But machines do not have experiences like that.
If there is one name every internet user loves and trusts, it is that of Google. As a search engine, it can locate anything. Even if you remember one part of a poem or song, Google will be able to find the whole thing for you. But Google Inc. does not only have a search engine. They have created numerous tools for their users. These tools help people in their everyday lives. One such tool is Google Translate, that offers translation for over a hundred languages.
Since the service began in 2006, it has come a long way and gotten a huge number of users. Millions of people turn to it every day to find out the meanings of foreign words and phrases. Here are some of its features:
- Voice Translation:
Google Translate enables people to carry out conversations with each other in different languages by providing them translations in real-time. This is highly suitable for travelers. They can order food and ask for directions with the help of the app. Currently, the app offers conversation feature support for 32 languages.
- Image Support:
Users can import images and find out the meaning of the words in them. This feature supports 37 languages. This is helpful for reading menus, signboards, pamphlets, etc. It can also be used to read documents when you can’t get the assistance of a linguistic expert.
- Offline Mode:
Don’t have the internet on your phone? No problem. With the help of Google Translate, you can get translations in offline mode too. You can download 59 languages, and then you will be able to access that data in offline mode easily. Although the offline translations are not as good as the ones that users get when they are online, they are getting better. With each new update, Google makes the feature a bit better than before.
Is Google Translate the Future?
When the service began, no one expected it to become so huge. But as the internet connects more people around the world, the need for linguistic assistance also increases. So, people have started relying on this app for the solution of common linguistic problems. With more than 500 million users, Google Translate has come a long way. It has become a lot more accurate in its translations. But the question remains, can machines be hundred percent accurate in their translations. There are many reasons why humans are better at solving linguistic problems than machines. They have knowledge of culture, and they can understand the context when they read something.
With their focus on limited things, machines cannot be completely accurate at this job. After a lot of improvements, Google has made its service pretty amazing. However, it has only gotten better at commonly known languages. There is still plenty of data that the service cannot handle. There are lesser-known languages, with their unique words, that cannot be translated accurately by Google Translate, or any modern translator.
Google Translate can be the future of common conversations between people. But it will never be able to handle the formatting issues of documents. It won’t be able to sign a statement as your translator. It is far from being perfect, and it will continue to be less accurate than human experts. The future looks bright for travelers if they use the app, but they must turn to professionals for help with financial statements and official documents. The app won’t be able to help them with translations of important records like a birth certificate.