Technology In Interpreter Training

Breaking Up is Easy to Do… If You Have a Smartphone

Published in Science of Relationships

John Mayer is apparently a trend-setter among celebrities. The singer/guitarist reportedly dumped Katy Perry by email and Jennifer Aniston with a text message (recommendation: if you are dating John Mayer, hide his iPhone). And Taylor Swift is said to have been the recipient of a break up voicemail (although not from Mr. Mayer). Is this form of calling it quits isolated to just our friends in the entertainment industry or is it common among the rest of us?

Have you ever been dumped over email? Would you text a (soon-to-be-former) partner to let them know it was over? heyyy we r over bye. Technology provides many options for communicating a desire to break up while allowing us to avoid the awkwardness of dumping someone face-to-face. But how often do people use technology to break up, and are some people more likely to do it than others (or be the recipient of it)? Continue reading

Technology and Interpreting: Three Questions on Every Interpreter’s Mind

Riding the Wave of Technology and Interpreting: Finding Opportunity in Uncharted Waters

By Barry Slaughter Olsen (1)

The tools the world uses to communicate are changing, and as global multilingual communication goes, so must interpreting follow.  Technology is radically changing the way organizations and individuals meet, interact and share information (think Skype, Adobe Connect, Cisco WebEx and BlueJeans, to name just a few of today’s popular platforms). Continue reading