International Club of Berne

Club Meeting -- History of Translation

Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 7pm - 9:30pm

Location: Cheminee Room at Bruder Klaus Church Center, Ostring 1 (tram 7 stop, Burgernziel)

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Contact: Gerd Ulbers
Deadline: Please register by the day before

David Tracey will describe some of the milestones in the history of translation, from clay tablets to artificial intelligence. He will refer to some of the early translators of the Bible, talk about ancient medical knowledge and how it was lost to the West during the Dark Ages, but finally found its way to the first universities. Lastly, he will give a brief review of the revolutionary developments in machine translation.

David, a national of the U.K. and Australia, and an ICB member since 2016, is a freelance translator of medical texts with an interest in the history of translation. In his previous life, he was a neuroscientist specializing in neuropathic pain. Read much more about him at

Discussion is encouraged. We have several translators and language specialists in the club, and also software engineers with interest in the techniques of artificial intelligence and neural networks which are used in machine translation.


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Graham wrote
at 11:30am on Wednesday, 17th May 2017
We had good information and discussions. David has put his material online here:

Also I uploaded the slides as a PDF of four pages, I hope you can find it here:

Good night


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Christine wrote
at 5:11pm on Tuesday, 16th May 2017
I unfortunately cannot attend because of my involvement in the latest Upstage play
Irene wrote
at 3:00pm on Saturday, 6th May 2017
I would have liked to attend this Club Meeting but got an invitation for a concert long ago for this same evening.

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By Graham 1 day ago

Great Party. Why were you not there? The Committee would like to know what can be improved with our planning and information.

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