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O'Brien, Sharon. 2012. Translation as human-computer interaction. Translation Spaces 1 (1) : 101–122.
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John Benjamins
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This paper seeks to characterise translation as a form of human-computer interaction. The evolution of translator-computer interaction is explored, and the challenges and benefits are enunciated. The concept of cognitive ergonomics is drawn on to argue for a more caring and inclusive approach towards the translator by developers of translation technology. A case is also made for wider acceptance by the translation community of the benefits of the technology at their disposal and for more humanistic research on the impact of technology on the translator, the translation profession, and the translation process.