Online and free! Ten years of online machine translation: origins, developments, current use and future prospects

Federico Gaspari, John Hutchins
2007 Machine Translation Summit  
Marking the ten-year anniversary of the launch of Babel Fish, the first ever free online machine translation (MT) service that went live on the Internet in late 1997, this paper sketches the background that led to its development, giving an account of its origins and of the early stages of its evolution. Several competitors have entered the field of web-based MT over the last decade, and the paper offers a review of the most significant contributions in the literature with a particular focus on
more » ... two key issues: firstly, the role that these online MT tools have played in meeting the translation needs of the users, and secondly the impact that they have had on the MT-related industry and business. Information coming from a variety of sources, including data on current usage supplied by the online MT providers themselves for the purposes of this study, testifies to the massive increase in the use of the leading multilingual online MT services over the last ten years. On this basis, the conclusion assesses the future prospects of Internet-based MT.
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