Will AI Eliminate The Need For Interpreters?

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Interpreters, translators, and artificial intelligence are on a collision course. The improvements in accuracy from AI are undeniable. 


For example, the recent improvements in speech-to-text (STT) translation are transforming the way almost anyone can communicate. In particular, this groundbreaking technology is revolutionizing the way interpreters interpret between two languages. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has a service called Whisper, that is at the forefront of STT, making waves in medical and legal workplaces. It can enable seamless, real-time exchanges between people, bridging language barriers and enhancing collaboration. Nevertheless, despite the impressive progress of AI-driven solutions, human interpreters continue to dominate certain areas of interpreting. In these specialized niches, machines struggle to match the finesse and nuance of their human counterparts.

Linguistic complexity and emotional subtleties challenge AI.

AI is evolving very rapidly. The potential emergence of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), introduces new challenges and opportunities. AGI—a machine capable of understanding or learning any human intellectual task—may become reality. This development would significantly impact various societal aspects, presenting both risks and benefits. 

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While machine translation has come a long way in recent years, it still lacks the nuanced understanding of language and context that human interpreters possess. In situations where misunderstandings or inaccuracies in communication could have serious consequences, such as in medical emergencies or legal proceedings, interpreters are essential for ensuring accurate and effective communication. Additionally, interpreters can provide cultural context and understanding that machines cannot, which is crucial in situations where cultural differences may impact communication.

Human interpreters are precise, not just accurate

Idiomatic expressions, regional dialects, and humor are deeply rooted in cultural context. Above all, AI models struggle to decipher true meaning. For instance, emotions like sarcasm, irony, and empathy alter messages. They need a skilled human touch for correct interpretation. Tone, body language, and facial expressions matter too. AI systems currently fall short in capturing these nuances. The richness and diversity of human language demand unparalleled understanding. Only seasoned human interpreters can deliver.

AI-assisted interpretation is going to be a revolution in language services.

The fusion of human expertise and AI technology is paving the way for a new era of interpretation, where accuracy and speed are dramatically enhanced. By harnessing the unparalleled processing power and pattern recognition capabilities of AI, interpreters can now receive real-time assistance in deciphering complex languages and dialects. 

AI makes super humans

 Meanwhile, human interpreters bring invaluable emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and an understanding of intricate linguistic nuances to the table, ensuring accuracy in the translation of context-dependent expressions. This synergistic collaboration between humans and AI not only streamlines communication but also opens up new possibilities for global understanding and cooperation. As we continue to embrace and refine this emerging partnership, we are catching a glimpse of a future where language barriers are effortlessly surmounted, and the true potential of human communication is unlocked.

Bid Rate Clients set a rate they are willing to pay for services. As an Interpreter, you will be notified about these assignments with a set hourly rate. You decide if you are willing to work for that rate. Additionally, Interpreters may be assigned to these requests automatically, on-demand, by giving prior approval.

GoSignify is used by law firms, consumer health facilities, businesses, enterprises, regular people and more.

GoSignify uses direct deposit to pay Interpreters, so a valid checking account, routing or IBAN number, and billing address are required. During registration, you’ll add your bank information and billing address in order to get paid via the app. Savings accounts, prepaid debit cards, and reloadable bank cards aren’t valid, even if they accept direct deposits. We take protecting your personal information seriously and use the latest encryption technologies available to do so. Your information will never be shared with third parties and is for internal use only. We currently use Stripe payments to process transactions.

We require most interpreters to have at least 1 year of interpreting experience in a professional or volunteer setting. Our matching engine matches you clients based on their particular needs, and whether they require medical or court licensing. However, for uncommon languages for which there are no exams, you may be asked to provide up to 3 references.

Processing time may vary by city, but most registrants are able to begin tasking within four business days of finishing registration. You’ll receive a notification once your registration is processed. If we need additional information from you to process your registration, we will reach out.

Once you have passed our vetting process, complete your profile, and include a professional photo, so you appear confidently in Search. If you are not getting assignments, you may need to be patient and consider a few factors. Demand for your language(s) depends overall demand on the platform for your language pair, the number of interpreters for your language, your rate, and other factors. If you would like to know more about rates. go here.

To become an Interpreter, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Consent to an ID check and credential verification. This helps keep our platform safe for all users.
  • Have a checking account with a financial institution. This is how you’ll get paid through the platform.
  • Have a smartphone. You’ll be managing your tasks through GoSignify.
  • Have an high-speed internet connection
  • Provide valid U.S. Social Security number.
  • California only: Submit a business license confirming you are a sole proprietor. Why do I need this?