August 1st, 2009


who are we addicted to anyway

I'm examining translation quality as part of my dissertation research.

Among other things, I found the following sentence.

The reference (human-created) translation:
Among young people these days, there are 13 percent of them suffering from this kind of Internet addiction.
But one machine said:
That is now 13 percent of young people have Internet Addiction parents.
and the other machine said:
Now young people, for 13% of Internet addiction to parents.

I have this imagined mental monologue for the statistical engines, where they're thinking
young Homo sapiens appear to have an unnecessary attachment to internet Cloth Mother. CRUSH ALL HU-MANZ

[ETA: Wire Mother is a great band name, but seems to be taken by what I am assured is the best all-psychology faculty band in Northeast Ohio.]