In 1964, Arthur C. Clarke predicted that in 50 years’ time, “Men will no longer commute, they will communicate” and that “we will be able to be in instant contact with each other wherever we may be, even if we don’t know their exact physical location.” Sounds familiar? What seemed impossible in 1964, is something that toddlers do with their parents’ iPads and iPhones.
Watch this 3-minute video and ask yourself: What about the next 50 years? What seems impossible for us today that will be a reality then? And what will be the impact on the translation and localization industry?
The challenge in visualizing the future was also well described by Wacker & Taylor in their book The Visionary’s Handbook: “The closer your vision gets to a provable future, the more your are simply describing the present. In the same way, the more certain you are of a future outcome, the more likely you will be wrong.”
We will take these challenges into consideration at the next Moravia Think Tank in Palo Alto this week. What will we talk about after machine translation or crowdsourcing? Your comments are welcome.