Translators: Robots in disguise?

 

The Goethe Institute take a glimpse into the future of literary translation in view of developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Their panel of experts including Imperial College London’s Professor Lucia Specia addressed questions such as:

  • Which recent developments make the translation of literature by AI more feasible?
  • Can human creativity and sensitivity in interpreting literary texts be matched, or even surpassed by AI?
  • Does AI pose a threat to the future existence of literary translators, or could new online translation tools lead to significant changes in the way human translators work?