The success of Google Translate
Google has announced that over 200 million people use its’ Translate service every month.
Google Translate launched in 2006 offering Chinese and Arabic translation, and now offers translation in 64 different languages.
Google Research Scientist Franz Och said in an official blog post:
In a given day we translate roughly as much text as you’d find in 1 million books. To put it another way: what all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day. By this estimate, most of the translation on the planet is now done by Google Translate.
Whilst the translation system isn’t as precise as a human translator, there’s no denying it’s popularity and usefulness.