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POSTPONED: NWTN 2020 BOOST DAY: MT-PE: Magic Wand or Menace?

21 March, 2020 @ 9:30 am 5:00 pm

The theme of this year’s Boost Day is Machine Translation and Post-Editing (MT-PE).

No sector of the economy has been left untouched by the digital transformation and we in the languages sector are left wondering what our own jobs will look like in a few years’ time, as the technology grows ever more powerful. Translation Memory (TM) programs have been making our lives easier for 20 years already, but will the relentless expansion of AI, MT and PE inevitably spell the decline of human translators and interpreters? Will we find ourselves in a subordinate role, being managed by our clients’ computers? Or can we make the tech work for us, continue to earn decent money and still feel a sense of job satisfaction? Speakers from the worlds of academia, business and freelance translation will provide us with their perspectives on Machine Translation and Post-Editing, and help us take stock of the current state of play and what we can expect in the future.

Speakers will include:

Dr Maeve Olohan (University of Manchester) presenting an overview of MT-PE (including the present dominant version, neural MT);

Welocalize (a global company with UK offices in Chester) talking about MT workflows and their expectations of translators in terms of skills, and giving us the client’s perspective;

Silke Lührmann (EN<>DE translator, copywriter and researcher) on the need to take/keep control of MT workflows in order to use it to our advantage. Her presentation will incorporate the findings of a survey of Boost Day participants’ experience and views, conducted in advance of the event;

Nick Rosenthal (Salford Translations), talking about the clash of cultures that may arise between translators and machines/software/”big tech”, and summing-up in general.

****Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: due to the escalating seriousness of the threat posed by Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone all NWTN events until the situation settles down. We hope to run this event in October. We explored the possibility of running it as a webinar but this is not a viable option (due to concerns raised by the speakers).

If you hold a ticket for this event, it will remain valid so please keep it safe and await further updates. If you are unable to make the new date when decided, then a refund will be issued at that point.

If you wish to request an immediate refund, please contact – please do not request it via Eventbrite unless instructed to do so by the NWTN Committee. Please bear in mind that once current restrictions are lifted, you may struggle to rebook when the demand for “live” events increases again!****

Manchester Conference Centre

Sackville Street
Manchester, United Kingdom
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