Japan Prize to Nagao

Tip of the hat to Makoto Nagao for winning in the Information and Media Technology category of the 2005 Japan Prize for his “pioneering contributions to natural language processing and intelligent image processing.” Which is code for the fact he was largely reponsible for training a generation of young engineers in the late 1980s who developed all those machine translation systems in large Japanese tech firms.

Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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