A longer version of this post, with comments, is available on Kirti Vashee’s blog. Technology is commonly defined as the practical application of knowledge. And yet, a misconception still prevails that technology is limited to physical devices. Indeed, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, hard technology is concerned with physical devices and soft technology is concerned with human and social factors. Technology is also divided in basic and high. Language is to all effects a technology, a soft, basic technology, although highly sophisticated. For over half a century, we have been experiencing an exponential evolution of hard technology that we can hardly master. This exponential technological evolution is the daughter of the Apollo program, universally acknowledged as the greatest achievement in human history, that stimulated practically every area of technology. Even the so-called translation industry is, in some ways, a spinoff of it. Indeed, the birth of the translation profession as we know it today can be traced back to the years between the two world wars of the last century, with the development of world trade, while the birth of the translation industry can be set around the late 1980s with the spread of personal computing and office automation. The products […]
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