The Language Machine

Those who see the spread of automated machines as a nefarious force out to usurp the proper functions of mankind have corroboration for their belief in the language machine. The paltry handful of expert translator with a profound knowledge of many foreign languages leave a wide gap in out sources of vital information. With important technological and scientific work being done abroad, it is difficult to condone the situation. A machine may be set to treat a foreign language as a coded message which it can analyze and put into English. Perhaps it will not do an impeccable job, but it will permit the translation of even the most trivial foreign reports and writings. As bizarre as it might seem, machines are taking over as translators in ever increasing numbers.

  • nefarious – jahat, keji ; (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.
  • usurp- merebut; take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force.
  • paltry- remeh, (of an amount) small or meager.
  • profound- mendalam, (of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense.
  • condone- memaafkan, accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive) to continue.
  • impeccable – sempurna, (of behavior, performance, or appearance) in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless
  • trivial – sepele, of little value or importance.
  • bizarre – aneh, ganjil, very strange or unusual, esp. so as to cause interest or amusement.



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