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Some Uncomfortable Truths about Machine Interpreting

December 5, 2023 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Join this webinar to explore the future of human interpreting in the age of AI, addressing the fears and opportunities posed by machine interpreting while unveiling essential insights to empower you in an evolving landscape!

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm and newspapers are full of predictions that interpreters will lose their jobs in the near future. But what does machine interpreting actually mean for interpreters? Will it put us out of work or will it create work? Will it turn us all into interpreting post-editors or is there a future where our work is still as creative as it is now?

Based on the book, Interpreters vs Machines: Can Interpreters Survive in an AI-Dominated World? and with updates to reflect recent changes, this webinar will cover many possible futures for human interpreting and what it might take for them to become true. It will also delve into how the threat and opportunities of machine interpreting have revealed some uncomfortable truths about how we talk about, market, and understand our own work and the changes we will need to make to survive in any future where machine interpreting exists.

This event is approved for 1.0 CCHI points.

You will:

  1. Embrace the reality that ignoring machine interpreting is not a viable strategy.
  2. Discover the enduring presence of machine interpreting and its integration into client demands.
  3. Recognize that precision alone is insufficient in the evolving interpreting landscape.
  4. Bid farewell to the concept of the “invisible interpreter.”

About the Presenter

Jonathan Downie is a consultant church interpreter, conference interpreter, and interpreting researcher based in Edinburgh. He is the author of two books: Being a Successful Interpreter: Adding Value and Delivering Excellence (Routledge, 2016), and Interpreters vs Machines: Can Interpreters Survive in an AI-Dominated World? (Routledge, 2019). He also co-hosts The Church Interpreting Podcast with Lauryn Albizu and edits churchinterpreting.com. As a former co-host of the Troublesome Terps podcast, he has discussed interpreting technology, including machine interpreting since 2017.

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December 5, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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Presenter(s): Jonathan Downie
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): English
Level: Advanced
Other CE Points: 1.0

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