Translation Technology Donated by IBM to Help Troops in Iraq
Regardless of your personal opinion in reference to the war in Iraq, you will probably agree that any help is valuable that can save the lives of the troops and staff that are involved in the brutal conflict. So many folks are stepping up to do what they can to help assist the U.S. Troops and other people located in the war-torn area. Even big businesses are doing their part. IBM has recently decided to donate 1,000 automatic translating devices for use in Iraq. The company has also graciously offered 10,000 copies of speech-translating software for use by the troops and staff in the Middle East.
Many people are unaware of the great need for translators in Iraq. Soldiers, staff, and family members are concerned about the lack of understanding between Arabic speakers and English speaking people. Human translators are playing an integral part right now in the middle East. Currently, there are not enough human translators available to meet the needs of the people. The translating devices and software are expected to assist human translators. With this technology available, a better understanding can be reached between individuals speaking in different languages.
The automatic translating devices are capable of recognizing more than 50,000 English words and translating them into Iraqi-Arabic. The same device will be able to recognize and translate over 100,000 Arabic words into English. It is believed that such devices will help to bridge the gap between groups.
With a better understanding of thoughts and ideas, it will be possible to break through the language barrier. Let us hope that this generous donation of innovative technology will save lives and promote better communication between all sides involved in the serious conflict.
It is great to see a well-known business such as IBM considering world issues and looking beyond the financial bottom line of profits. The situation in Iraq is going to take cooperation from everyone. IBM has helped significantly with this technological donation to help support the troops.
Just take a moment to stop and think about all of the lives saved by the translation technology made available courtesy of IBM for use in Iraq. Each and every precious life is a bit safer thanks to IBM’s innovative technology and generous donation.
It may seem like a contribution of translating devices and software is only a drop in the bucket when compared to all the efforts considered collectively, but if this donation from IBM spares just one life, a single man, woman, or child, it is worth it. Put your political thoughts aside for just a moment and be grateful that companies and corporations like IBM are trying to help where the need is the greatest.