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Ethics In The Age Of Intelligent Machines


Friday 15 February 2019    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (AEDT)

Machine translation and CAT tools are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and better. Although there is a belief that the takeover by AI driven translation of our profession is partly hype, evidence points to just the opposite. Even if not embraced by the professionals, it is widely lauded as the panacea of cross-cultural communication by clients and many large agencies. Therefore, it affects us whether we use them or not, and we often find ourselves in a position where we are forced by the current market climate to use them: to stay competitive, to save time, to comply with clients' needs.

This raises important questions in the field of translation (and increasingly interpreting) ethics. These questions are not dealt with in the context of the current Codes of Ethics. The presentation aims at raising awareness of these issues and calls for a re-thinking of Translation/Interpreting Codes of Ethics in light of the current technological changes.

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Sam Berner is a QLD-based legal translator with decades of working experience. Her involvement with AUSIT and her interest in the professional and philosophical aspects of translation have often caused her to approach issues from angles different to those most colleagues take.  Born in Europe and raised in North Africa and the Middle East, Sam can fluently speak 3 languages and stutter in three others. Prior to coming to Australia, she lived for over twenty years in the Middle East and North Africa, teaching, publishing and translating. During those years Sam worked for several regional and international publishing houses, as well as the UNICEF and UNHCR in conflict zones.  In addition to her translation work, Sam conducts workshops for Australian businesses about the use of translators, cross-cultural communication and effective business dealing with people from Middle Eastern and North African cultures.  An active AUSIT member and a former National President, Sam continues to mentor and motivate many aspiring translators to expand their vision globally. A staunch advocate for embracing change, Sam presented numerous workshops and seminars for AUSIT on business practices, technology, professional development and ethics, as well as travelling overseas to present academic papers at international conferences.  She has been actively involved in various community groups working with refugees and other non-profit organizations, NAATI and AUSIT committees and Translators Australia. She is the recipient of AUSIT Excellence Award in 2009 and 2018 and was the Vice-Chair of the FIT2017 Congress held in Brisbane, as well as chairing the 2008 and 2014 AUSIT National Conferences.

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Registrants will be provided with instructions to allow them to join the webinar via an email on 13/02/2019.
15/02/2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Link Via Redback Conferencing P: 1800 733 416 OR 02 8014 5150 Online Webinar
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