Author Archives: David Kamholz

PanLex in Yogyakarta


December 6, 2018 ||

On November 25, the PanLex team began a month-long stay in Yogyakarta, a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. Mataram, the historical region in which Yogyakarta is located, was controlled by several medieval and early modern kingdoms, and then for two centuries was part of the Dutch East Indies. The region is home to two […]


Enabling Radically Inclusive Machine Translation (part 3)


November 29, 2018 ||

In the first two posts in this series, we elaborated our belief that all people should be able to use their native language to exercise human rights and have access to opportunity. We showed that machine translation technology currently falls far short of this goal, but that there are realistic ways to make progress. In […]



Enabling Radically Inclusive Machine Translation (part 2)


October 25, 2018 ||

In the first post in this series, we discussed the importance of bringing machine translation to all of the world’s languages and some of the economic and technical challenges in doing so. In this post, we will explore in more detail the current status of technological support for machine translation in under-served languages. Along the […]


Enabling Radically Inclusive Machine Translation (part 1)


October 3, 2018 ||

Could you ask your doctor about your sprained ankle in French or Indonesian? Would you understand your bus schedule in Mandarin or Arabic? Could you take your biology exam in Hindi or Vietnamese? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to access health care, education, legal services, and technology. Nearly 3 […]