View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
July 4, 1993

BRINGING ORDER TO EUROPE’S TOWER OF BABEL: ICL-BULL-SIEMENS LAB DOES PARALLEL TONGUE TRANSLATOR

By CBR Staff Writer

At their equally-owned pre-competitive co-operative research laboratory in Munich, ICL (UK) Ltd, Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG and Compagnie des Machines Bull SA have co-developed a parallel processing system that translates messages between natural languages as they are being sent between personal computers – but no-one could be traced who could describe the system in more technical detail. It is claimed to be fast enough to translate small, simple messages almost instantly, while 200 pages of text, in most languages, will take 20 minutes. This is a huge improvement on the best current systems that take eight hours to process similar volumes. The new processor also much more adept at handling colloquialisms and context than previous systems – though it is not word perfect yet. So, despite that fact that it is reckoned to operate at half the cost and be 35% faster than human translators it is unlikely, for the moment, to replace them. The system is expected to be commercially available in 1994 or 1995 with simultaneous interpretation the dream goal around for five years time. It is anticipated that the main application for the system will be the translation of technical manuals and papers, an area destined to account for over half of computer translation in the next few years. And, as the Financial Times reports, it could even be used simply for making technical jargon understandable – for interpreting complex legal documents for example.

Content from our partners
Rethinking cloud: challenging assumptions, learning lessons
DTX Manchester welcomes leading tech talent from across the region and beyond
The hidden complexities of deploying AI in your business

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU