The societal impact of artificial intelligence-powered machine translation solutions (DIMtech)


Project no.: P-MOD-21-9

Project description:

Artificial intelligence grounded machine translation has fundamentally changed public awareness and attitudes towards multilingual communication. Such technologies have increasingly been used to overcome language barriers not only in situations of personal use but also in high-risk environments, such as health care systems, courts, police and so on. The development of artificial intelligence and machine learning is predicted to bring machine translation technology solutions, including speech and image recognition technologies, closer to human capabilities. In some language pairs, the accuracy, quality and efficiency of machine-translated texts of certain types can be quite high.
Nevertheless, the capabilities of machine translation are sometimes overestimated. So far, the quality of the texts generated in the Lithuanian language by machine translation systems is not sufficient and may pose various risks, the nature and impact of which are not clear and have not been researched. Therefore, with the help of surveys, semi-structured interviews and the experimental eye-tracking method, this project seeks to explore and evaluate the availability, perceptions of use, quality and impact on society of machine translation technological solutions in order to overcome language barriers ensuring effective and conscious participation of various social groups in communication processes.

Project funding:

Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), National Research Programme “Modernity in Lithuania”

Project coordinator: Kaunas University of Technology

Ramunė Kasperė

2021 - 2022

Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities