Though machine translation has been around for decades, the most you’ll read about it is the perceived proximity to the mythical “Babel Fish” --an instantaneous personal translation device-- itself ready to replace each and every human translator. The part that gets left out is machine translation's relationship with human translators. For a long time, this relationship was no more complex than post-editing badly translated text, a process most translators find to be a tiresome chore. With the advent of neural machine translation, however, machine translation is not just something that creates more tedious work for translators. It is now a partner to them, making them faster and their output more accurate.
Translation is a complex art form – one we highly respect. The manual process involved makes it difficult to keep up with changing technology and progressive business practices. Modernizing seems formidable. Change breeds uncertainty. It’s understandable for localization teams to stick with legacy vendors, a static stack, and the same workflows.