Band 7.5 essay sample about translation apps

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Essay topic

Nowadays it is possible to use computers and mobile phones for automatic language translation, and there is no need for human translators and interpreters. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Student’s essay

In this fast evolving world we live in, computers and other devices have almost as much capability as human do. However, even the most advanced computer is still not able to analyse natural languages in the depth that each of us do on a daily basis. Therefore, I disagree that human translators or interpreters are not in demand any more. In this essay I am going to discuss about obvious benefits that natural translators have over the Artificial Intelligence.

To begin with, any language evolves throughout its life. New slang words are developed approximately each day. Even if we had an infinite amount of storage resources, it would be impossible to save all this data. Even though human translators are not able to memorize this information as well, they can guess a meaning of a word by a context of sentences. Currently, there is no such machine that would perform this sort of analysis quickly enough.

Another advantage of natural interpreters is an ability to learn new words and grammatical structures faster than any modern device can do. There is a new field of study in Computer Science called Machine Learning that concentrates its focus on making computers think like human. In order to learn, each word has to be programmed by a person, in conjunction with its synonyms and antonyms. As can be seen, human translators are more independent and fast progressing than the programmed one.

To recapitulate, it is necessary to say that even though human interpreters may make mistakes, they still provide better services than any machine. At the current stage, Artificial Intelligence is not powerful enough to replace people in some of the fields, and I do not think it will be possible in the nearest future

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