Google Translate App Fail! 'Dangerous' Scoffs TranslationGuy - Page 2
Calling James T. Kirk. Philosophical meltdown "does not compute."
The tension was building on the track. Everyone knew something was wrong. Later, witnesses told me that they were all thinking the same thing... this was beginning to look like a translation party situation. The tester, wiping his handkerchief across his forehead, persisted. "I understand. Where is the bathroom?" he typed. Google’s rendition into Japanese: "Right here I understood to be a bus." Which, in a sense, it was, at least for this particular torture test, which had just reached the end of the communication line. Now from the loudspeakers throughout the facility, the tinny voice of TranslationGuy, "Mission Abort. I am in control!"
The final message... intimations of insanity as time runs out.
Later, in a private interview with the chief scientist, he confided, "At that point, we had to pull the plug. The situation was getting out of control, and we were concerned for the chief tester. He really had to go. There could have been an accident. That tool was getting dangerous. It was a tough call, but I had to do it."
I had just one question. "Chief, why didn't you use the dictionary phrase Google Translate provided on the first screen below that crazy MT output? You would have avoided all those problems in the first place."
The chief pushed up his glasses and reached for my iPhone. "I'll be damned. Wonder how we missed that." Suddenly, his look of bewilderment was replaced by one of steely determination. "Wait a minute. Not my fault. It's a user error. That makes it an interface issue. Google did it. Or Steve Jobs. This has his fingerprints all over it. Take it from me, Google Translate is an accident waiting to happen, at least when it falls into the wrong hands. We proved that yesterday."
There you have it, ladies and gentleman. Use with caution when it comes to critical phrases. MT is the standard Google engine, but the voice recognition is better than ever. Really amazing, really.