1/ CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE FUTURE OF TRANSLATION IN 3 WORDS?
Eve-Lucille: Very automatic, with a human review afterward just to check that it’s correct.
Charline: We do more and more IT. We work more often on files to find a lot of little tricks to work better with MT.
Céline: The better it goes, the more automated everything is thanks to artificial intelligence.
Marie-Françoise: We really need to diversify. It’s no longer just translation, but everything related to translation.
Charlotte: It will no longer be a translation agency, it will be content creation.
2/ CAN YOU GIVE US 3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE ITC TRANSLATIONS IN 20 YEARS?
Sara: ITC will always have a good working environment. I think it’ll always be a nice place to work and with fun people as well. I think it’ll be the same.
Marine: Bigger, much bigger, I guess.
Ingrid: A little more spread out over the globe. It would be really good for us.
Stéphanie: Much more connected, with many more people.
Marine: More guys.
3/ IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT WILL BE THE MAIN LANGUAGE OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN 20 YEARS?
Sara: I think it’ll be English.
Stéphanie: Or Google.
Eve-Lucille: I think it’ll always be English.
Ingrid: It will still be English.
Anastasia: Asian languages, particularly Chinese, will probably really take precedence.
Charlotte: I’m trying to decide between Chinese and English.
William: I think English will remain but I think Asian languages, particularly Chinese and an Indian variance, will be very strong going forward.
Céline: I’m pretty sure it will always be English, or emoticons.
4/ IN YOUR OPINION, IN WHICH COUNTRIES WILL ITC HAVE LOCATIONS IN 20 YEARS?
Marie-Françoise: In Ireland and why not in an Asian country.
Sara: Australia. So that way I can go home and visit.
Eve-Lucille: In Thailand, since I am learning Thai. It would allow me to practice.
Stéphanie: I think it would be nice if we went to Asia.
Ingrid: China, mainly because we are not yet established on the Asian side.
Sara: In Morocco and then we can go and have holidays there as well, I mean conferences and those sorts of things, professional holidays.
Charlotte: Madagascar would be nice. Not because I am Malagasy, but because they speak French. I think that’s a good point to target Africa, actually.
5/ IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE, WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE GREATEST INNOVATION OF THE NEXT 20 YEARS?
Anastasia: Flying cars would be great.
Sara: Definitely time travels. Then we can find out what Latin actually sounds like.
Charlotte: Not having to cook for yourself anymore.
Marine: A vegetable peeler.
Charline: I think of flying cars to avoid all the traffic jams.
Marine: There are lots of food processors that cook vegetables very well, make soups, great stuff, but there’s nothing to peel vegetables.
William: Maybe time travels. I’d probably go back to the Victorian times. It’s a nice time, a quieter time, you had more time for yourself.
Eve-Lucille: Maybe teleportation would be really fun.
Céline: Being able to teleport.
Ingrid: Teleporting somewhere.
Eve-Lucille: Airplanes pollute too much, cars pollute too much. I’m teleporting, no more worries about that. There’s no such thing as teleworking. I can get from home to work in 12 seconds.
6/ IN 20 YEARS, WOULD YOU RATHER BE: HYPERCONNECTED OR DISCONNECTED?
Eve-Lucille: I wouldn’t want to be hyperconnected. The idea of something like a completely connected smart home freaks me out.
Charlotte: When I was on holiday, there was no internet and it was the end of the world. So, hyperconnected for me. And I hope we’ll have internet access everywhere in 20 years.
Marie: I hope to be a little less connected than today and a big reader of novels.
Sara: I feel like technology is so…, but in 20 years’ time, I feel like I’d probably want to take a break.
Céline: I’ll be far away in the countryside, but still hyperconnected.
Marine: We spend too much time on our smartphones and computers and we lack human relationships. I think miss that a lot. So I’d like to be a little more disconnected.
7/ IN 20 YEARS, WOULD YOU RATHER: HAVE HUMAN TRANSLATION OR MACHINE TRANSLATION?
Ingrid: Human translation of course.
Marine: Machine, to go faster.
Anastasia: My hope is human translation, but I think the reality is machine translation.
Charline: Human translation.
Céline: Machine, sure. It’s not even 20 years from now, it’s now.
William: Machine translation. I think the growth is already happening, but it could be complementary to human translation. Post-editing is going to increase going forward, and translators need to adapt to seeing a lot more machine translated content.
8/ IN 20 YEARS, WOULD YOU RATHER: HAVE FAST FOOD GALORE OR ORGANIC FOOD GALORE?
Ingrid: Fast food is good, unfortunately.
Marine: Organic food galore.
Eve-Lucille: Organic. I think people are becoming aware of the importance of what they eat.
Marie: Organic fast food.
Sara: Organic all the way.
William: Organic food.
Charlotte: Organic fast food, but rather fast food.
9/ IN 20 YEARS, WOULD YOU RATHER: HAVE A FLYING CAR OR AN AUTONOMOUS CAR?
Céline: Autonomous, but I don’t trust it yet.
William: I think of flying cars. I think that we are not too far away from that already, so I think that’s going to happen in the next twenty years.
Eve-Lucille: I would say flying because I think autonomous cars will be here before 20 years.
Charlotte: Flying car.
Marie: Autonomous. We’ll see the rest in 50 years, and even 100 years for the flying cars.
Stéphanie: Autonomous flying car.
Marine: Autonomous. Flying cars will be the same mess as on land but in the air.
10/ IN 20 YEARS, WILL PEOPLE BE MORE LIKELY TO: BUY A HOUSE ON THE MOON OR CRYOGENICALLY FREEZE THEMSELVES FOR THE YEAR 3000?
Stéphanie: Both sound equally horrible!
William: Cryogenically freeze themselves, more likely. Because I think the moon is quite unhospitable.
Marie: Yes, buy a hyperconnected house on the moon.
Sara: Cryogenically freeze.
Charline: Cryogenically freeze themselves like in Futurama.
Ingrid: Buy a house on the moon.
Céline: If I only have the choice between the two, Space scares me. I wouldn’t want to go to the moon.
Marine: On the moon or on another planet. Even better on another planet