Neural machine translation high on the agenda at SlatorCon London


Neural machine translation high on the agenda at SlatorCon London

Iconic headed to the first ever SlatorCon London last week which took place at the Ace Hotel in the British capital on May 9.

The event was hosted by online platform Slator, best known for providing expert insights into the translation and technology markets. and was attended by over 60 senior executives from the language services industry. SlatorCon London explored some of the key drivers of the language services and technology industry and examined how these drivers are shaping the industry.

The forum featured six 20-minute presentations on many of the industry’s hottest topics including Neural Machine Translation (NMT), translation productivity, procurement, and venture capital and M&A investment.

Iconic’s CEO John Tinsley was one of these six speakers invited to present on the day.  His talk on “Machine Translation: The Neural Frontier” addressed the recent hype surrounding NMT and took a look at what the future might hold for the technology.

John acknowledged that NMT and the future are exciting but cautioned that NMT is ultimately just another type of MT and “not going to replace human translators“. He also stressed that academic research and the production roll out of NMT are still in the very early stages.

To close the event, these presentations were then followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Slator Co-founder Florian Faes, where the topics from the day were discussed by the panel with questions from the audience. Keep an eye on for more followup from the event.

SlatorCon Panel

SlatorCon Panel: L-R Florian Faes (Slator), Marcus Polke (Acton Capital), Spence Green (Lilt), and John Tinsley (Iconic)

It’s gearing up to be a busy few weeks ahead for our team! You can also catch Iconic at LocWorld Barcelona, Legaltech West and the TAUS Industry Leaders Forum.