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Automation Risks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 by Harry Lewis

We talk a lot about how digital technologies are improving, and in particular making it possible to do automated language-processing tasks that used to require human intervention. A couple of nice examples that the technologies are not perfect yet. First, a reminder that automated language translation still requires human checking, especially if the output is going to be publicly deployed:

Chinese Restaurant Sign

Or this attempt at automated cake decoration, which triggered an error message in the decorating software:

Birthday Cake

Thanks to Adweek for the restaurant sign and to Livejournal for the cake.

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