Fuji Xerox has developed a prototype photocopy machine that can actually churn out a Chinese, English, or Korean translation of a Japanese copy. How is this possible, you ask? Well, Fuji Xerox has networked the prototype copier to a dedicated translation server equipped with algorithms that are smart enough to tell the difference between text, drawings, and lines in order to maintain page layouts. While this idea might actually put specialist translators out of a job should it take off, I don’t think they have much to worry about since current machine translation software can hardly churn out a decent passage from another language without having you burst into laughter.
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