Differences between machine translation (MT) and computer-assisted translation (CAT)
People have long dreamed of fast, accurate, and affordable translations. With the advancement of computer technology in the modern age, people believe that this dream would be fulfilled with machine translation. However, the quality of machine translation leaves much to be desired even to this day. The translation of many texts (such as this one) still relies on the work of an expert human translator.
Consequently, people still wish to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of human translations. In the 1970s, computer engineers began developing computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools to help improve the speed and accuracy of human translators.