Technology and Communication
Technology has become a big part of modern life and its effect on communication has been remarkable. Now technology forms the basis for most of modern life, from everyday activities such as shopping, travelling and making phone calls to its use in education, medicine and science.
Technology is now used to communicate on all levels. Mobile phones are used by everyone to make phone calls, surf the internet, send emails and even take and share photos. There is video chat, online chat and web chat. The use of technology has radicalised communication.
But has it all been positive? When we relate this to the Translation industry then the same question arises. Has technology benefited the Translation industry? Will a Translation agency go for technology and use machine translation or use human translation. The fact that we can now communicate with others on the other side of the globe means that previous barriers to information sharing and news reporting- to name but a few- are now non-existent. You can now speak to someone on the other side of the world easily and quickly via your mobile device, computer, tablet or normal landline phone. You can send messages instantly either via email, text or instant messenger and have whole conversations with friends and loved ones without even speaking or seeing them.
Also the advent of social networking sites has also radicalised the use of technology to communicate. Many people communicate with friends and family through these sites, sending messages, uploading pictures as well as giving updates on their day to day living experiences.
However we are also finding in society today that despite these advances in technology and the opportunities it offers, it has in fact meant that people are more isolated. With the advent of networking sites, email and texting, some people are now finding it difficult to form “proper” relationships with people and can only relate to individuals in the “virtual” world. Where an individual can communicate with others without leaving the confines of their home, some now find it difficult to relate to individuals on a one to one basis. This advancement in technology has also resulted in tremendous use of internet around the world. Thousands of websites and blogs are created every day. With globalisation these websites need translation and have increased the demand of document translation and other translation services.
So although technology has radicalised communication, it is important that we balance it out by being aware that real communication exists when people interact on a one to one basis in addition to communication via tools and technical mediums which can only enhance the communication process.