Science: Translation Trouble

Experts on mechanical brains are fascinated by the problem of designing a translating machine. A few attempts have been made, but the only "language" translated so far is a few words of artificial baby talk.

In the American Scientist, Dr. Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, lately of M.I.T., now of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, explores the difficulties of true mechanical translation and finds them enormous. He gives up all hope that any machine will be able to make an acceptable translation of a real work of literature. The job would call for cultural and artistic abilities that cannot...

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