Machine translation: from Al-Kindi to the Cold War

Believe it or not, the theoretical foundations for machine translation (MT) were laid as early as the ninth century, by the Arab cryptographer Al-Kindi. The four pillars he based his system for translation on – frequency, probability, statistical and cryptanalysis – remain at the heart of machine translation to this day. Eight centuries late...

Sign For My Future

When Climate Mandate (the people behind the Sign For My Future campaign) knocked on our door a few months ago to ask if Blue Lines would provide pro bono translation work, we didn’t hesitate for a second: sure thing!


GDPR: Much Ado About Data

We have to be honest: when the new GDPR legislation turned up on our doorstep last year, we didn’t exactly greet it with open arms. We may have sworn a little, too.

“We don’t misuse personal data,” we said. “We only use of our clients’ and suppliers’ information for its intended purpose: providing good translations. So is a...