Slator 2024 Interpreting Technology and AI Report

Article - 2024 Interpreting Technology and AI Report

The 50-page Slator 2024 Interpreting Technology and AI Report provides an informative and up-to-date guide to the rapidly evolving field of interpreting technology. It offers an in-depth look at current and emerging digital and AI-enabled solutions for interpreting and real-time multilingual communication.

The report delivers a comprehensive overview of technology-driven interpreting solutions available on the market, covering OPI, VRI, RSI, multilingual meeting solutions, AI speech translation, interpreter productivity tools, interpreting scheduling platforms, and more.

Examining key features, patterns of adoption, use cases, benefits and limitations, and development roadmaps, the report draws on research and original interviews with a range of industry stakeholders. Market positioning and underlying market drivers are also analyzed.

A section on interpreting delivery platforms covers over-the-phone interpreting (OPI) and video remote interpreting (VRI) in community interpreting settings. It analyzes the advantages of each mode and explores the extent to which remote methods have disrupted onsite demand.

A remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI) section delves into post-2020 acceleration in development and adoption and examines the competitive landscape — including shifts in marketing positioning, emerging use cases, and the integration of interpreter services and AI speech translation.

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A 360-degree view of AI-enabled interpreting productivity tools is presented. We look at available computer-assisted interpreting (CAI) tools, as well as the spectrum of general-purpose applications and AI language platforms used by interpreters to enhance productivity and quality. The report examines the adoption and investment trends, and the next frontier of feature enhancements, including the potential impact of AI advancements like custom GPTs.

The fast-changing field of AI speech translation is then addressed, covering live translation captioning and speech-to-speech translation. We explore the state-of-the-art in speech synthesis and present three case studies of the latest commercial speech-to-speech solutions. 

AI speech translation is analyzed through the lens of benefits and limitations, deployment strategies, market positioning, and implications for human interpreting.

A section on interpreter scheduling and management platforms summarizes the main features and benefits of such solutions and explores how platforms are now incorporating AI-enabled features, including AI interpreter routing, AI quality assessment, and real-time interpreter interventions.

The report then looks at the intersection of interpreting with the metaverse and virtual reality technologies, and the potential for providing interpreters with more realistic and immersive language experiences.

Finally, a chapter on interpreter upskilling examines how the interpreter role is evolving with technological advances. It looks at the potential for expert-in-the-loop workflows in real-time interpreting settings and contrasts this to human-computer interactions in the field of text translation. 

Technology training for interpreters — both past and future — is examined, and we pinpoint the key skills needed by language industry professionals in the AI era.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Interpreting Delivery Platforms (OPI / VRI)
Access a compact overview of over-the-phone interpreting (OPI) and video remote interpreting (VRI) solutions including key settings, market drivers, features, and benefits. Obtain vital data points from original research that shed light on the post-2020 shift from onsite to remote interpreting delivery, and understand key factors influencing uptake.
RSI for Conferences, Events, & Meetings
Acquire valuable insights into the driving forces behind the accelerated adoption of remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI) technology in conference and multilingual meeting settings.

Get access to a concise table that captures the range of emerging RSI use cases for business settings from internal operations to client-facing opportunities.

Trace the trajectory of RSI development and adoption covering technical challenges, interpreter training, competition from online meeting platforms, and strategic market positioning. Get a glimpse into the roadmap for RSI innovations including the emergence of “virtual booths”.
AI-Enabled Interpreting Productivity Tools
Access a comprehensive one-page table that captures the range of AI-enabled productivity tools used by interpreters. See how natural language processing (NLP) capabilities, cloud AI platforms and LLMs underpin a range of general-purpose tools, AI language platforms, and CAI tools.

Explore the integration of interpreter tools across various stages of the workflow, from preparation to post-assignment and real-time assistance, enhancing quality and productivity.

Discover the factors influencing the adoption and investment in interpreter tools, with insights into the impact of AI advancements and new releases like OpenAI’s custom GPTs. 

Get ahead of the curve with a technologies roadmap outlining the next frontiers for interpreter tools; from knowledge graphs and real-time reference retrieval to error mitigation cues and visual cues and feedback.
AI Speech Translation
Get up-to-speed on AI speech translation, encompassing live translation captions and speech-to-speech capabilities, featuring the latest model releases and cutting-edge capabilities.

Obtain a one-page diagram presenting a concise overview of the two primary methodological approaches to developing speech-to-speech models, specifically, the cascade and direct methods.

Explore the rapidly evolving competitive landscape with three case studies profiling AI speech translation solutions. Understand key use cases, deployment strategies, market positioning, and find out about a number of live deployment examples. Delve into the potential implications for human interpreting.
Interpreting Scheduling and Management Platforms
Discover how leading interpreting scheduling and management platforms are now incorporating AI-enabled features such as AI interpreter routing, AI quality assessment, and real-time interpreter interventions.
Interpreting and the Metaverse, Virtual Reality & Blockchain
See how the metaverse holds promise for providing interpreters with more realistic and immersive language experiences. Find out how virtual reality and wearable devices may reshape how language services are accessed and delivered.

Learn about the latest pioneering approaches to using blockchain to create a decentralized system for interpreters in the context of RSI technology.
Interpreter Upskilling
Gain a valuable view into how technology is reshaping the role of the interpreter. Get insights into the potential for expert-in-the-loop workflows. Find out more about technology training programs for interpreters — both past and future — and find out the top three skills needed by language industry professionals in the AI era.

How to Use This Report

Slator’s easy-to-digest 2024 Interpreting Technology and AI Report offers the very latest industry and data analyses, providing language service providers, end clients, and investors the confidence to make informed and time-critical decisions. It is a cost-effective, credible resource for busy professionals.