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Doom or Boom: AI Localization for Language Service Providers

Tech breakthroughs generate a massive wave of disruption. In the case of AI localization, providers and individuals anticipate that this technology will completely transform the industry.
April 22, 2024

Research showed that 46% of LSP are planning to integrate AI into their processes, and 41% are considering its possibilities. The flip side is that they have been offering traditional, studio-based methods. The media and entertainment industry that the LSP are serving is generating a demand for scalable models and resources, optimization, and growth. Those suppliers that are just starting to ponder the opportunities AI creates are at risk of not capitalizing on the client demand and of losing critical market opportunities.

Let us consider the opportunities the AI era poses for LSP in addressing long-standing concerns plaguing the media and video localization field.

What’s LSP?

Language Service Providers (LSP) are a diverse service landscape. Thousands of companies are employing localization professionals to deliver cross-cultural services for business. For media enterprises, LSP offer video and content localization services, from translations to dubbing. Due to the global demand, the language supply market achieved the valuation of US$ 60.68 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 96.21 billion in valuation by 2032. 

The language service field often receives criticism for its fragmentation: while companies legitimately hold significant linguistic and cultural expertise, it’s often difficult to assess how long the median time frame is for service delivery and what price tag is optimal. This is especially true where the LSP companies run at such different scales, from thousands of global expert staff to just a few freelancers on retainer.

Challenges for the LSP Field

1. Efficiency: In a world that seems to constantly be accelerating, LSP have been under fire when not speeding up delivery and not adjusting the costs accordingly. Technology has evolved to support interpreters with rote tasks. The notion that the turnaround needs to be longer for human translators to minimize errors belongs firmly in the past. 

2. Quality Control: In this domain too, capitalizing solely on human interpreters’ attention and control is no longer necessary. With the earlier advent of AI-driven solutions, the common hope was that the algorithms could deliver instant perfect results, with minimal adjustments. However, as the technology stands today, collaboration strikes the optimal balance for QA in the form of AI-powered and human-curated solutions.

3. Staff Supply: Since we are discussing talent, LSP have been struggling to recruit and retain linguists and professionals with niche language and subject-matter skills. Increased optimization will help language service experts focus on high-level and specialized challenges that do not lend themselves to automation to avoid burnout and increase job satisfaction.

4. Innovation: Global businesses that are constantly expanding have created a challenge for LSP to boost their service capabilities. Achieving a balance between fast turnaround and high quality is a challenge, technology shifts are required to offer new services that may have been prohibitively expensive in the past. 

New Challenges for LSP

Beyond the above-mentioned challenges, the digital space requires interpreters and translators to adjust in new ways to keep their localization solutions relevant. Seizing the opportunities to explore new models, facilitate partnerships, and engage innovators as clients businesses are the criteria for LSP success on a global scale. The push to optimize and embrace AI solutions will allow the early adopters among LSPs to determine how the field will innovate and address inefficiency. This hope for trend-setting can only be realized with active participation in a field that, according to research, is ready for transformation

AI Benefits for LSP

How could AI be useful for addressing language vendor challenges, both emergent and long-standing? The media and entertainment companies that solicit language services are setting the expectations for quick turnaround, flexibility, maintaining cultural diversity, and offering comprehensive solutions. Leveraging AI is also increasingly a consideration, because of the implied innovativeness. Adopting AI allows interpreters to work with a greater variety of accents, have accuracy when translating complex terminology, and increase the content volume that a language service expert can process accurately. 

The Future of LSP in the AI Era

While the concerned voices are speaking out about the potential loss of jobs with AI adoption, such a transformation doesn’t have to come at a cost. The most successful end-to-end solutions use the collaborative model, which employs language professionals alongside AI. Completely new professions and roles are generated by this technology shift. For example, proof-listeners and proof-readers provide nuanced oversight of linguistic and cultural tones, while a new generation of sound engineers adjust pronunciation and other technical quality issues, where the algorithms require a human touch. 

Innovative Business Models Based on AI Solutions

A final advantage of thorough AI-powered integration is the opportunity for LSP adopters to stand out. The last 5 years have seen in action the data-driven prediction that providers would use automation tools for a growing number of projects and scenarios. The same has applied to streamlining project management and team collaboration; here, the industry standard for vendors has shifted beyond the basic level of automation, even for smaller players. Choosing and developing AI-driven solutions as soon as possible will allow LSP to unlock growth opportunities and reshape global communication.

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