The working life of the translator is now more than ever shaped by technology: from translation-specific tools like translation memory and machine translation to the internet itself. This talk will attempt to assess the current effects of technology on our ways of working and discuss its likely impact on the near-term future of our profession, asking questions such as:
-Are we actually losing work to Google Translate?
-Is the internet driving down translators' pay?
-How does the increasing prominence of translation via the internet affect public perceptions of our profession?
Circumstances allowing, feedback will be given from a survey of Japanese translators on their perceptions of technology.