Leonardo Organisations begin publishing in Mandarin !


First Leonardo Publications in Mandarin

As I have been thinking aloud for a while, I think we are in a linguistic transformation :  we soon will read most things with translations engines to a language we understand, think or work in.

And vice versa, we will write in the language that we think and work in, and others will use translation engines to read us. This thought popped up in the seminars I teach at UTDallas where I discovered that many of the non native english students read systematically with translation engines, and then if interested further tried reading the texts in english.

It was re-inforced in discussions with my niece Sophia Malina who works for an interesting start-up company: Unbabel is a platform that enables multilingual communication across 28 languages.
Accelerating the shift towards a world without language barriers, international businesses trust Unbabel’s mix of artificial intelligence and a global community of 50,000 linguists to enable trustworthy,seamless, scalable translations between them and their customers.( https://unbabel.com/ )

You will see that Unbabel pays translators to help the poor uneducated AI learn:  https://unbabel.com/translators/ 

And the profession of transdisciplinary translation is growing and is better paid, and maybe perhaps the disruptions being caused by AI will for once lead to better more interesting jobs that the ones they eliminate ! :


We now have podcasts in 15 languages on creativedisturbance.org

Our first podcast channel in Mandarin is produced by  Siying Duan in Shanghai

Elephant Says / [CN]大象说

And we are migrating the best ones to ARTECA.MIT.EDU  using post publication peer review experiments.

We have just published on http://arteca.mit.edu  our first project in Mandarin with Tsinghua University, as a joint project with ZHUANGSHI Magazine. It is sponsored by the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University, covering studies on graphic design, product design, exhibition design, information design, architectural design, environmental design, furniture design, textile design, fashion design, craft arts, public art and theoretical research.

Here it is:  http://arteca.mit.edu/journal/zhuangshi-%E8%A3%85%E9%A5%B0

with my introduction, in Mandarin, translated by a human translator, I think :

科学本体的再设计: 庆祝《莱奥纳多》创刊50周年暨将艺术和设计 与科学、技术和医学相结合的新兴职业的出现 – Re-designing Science Itself: Celebrating 50 Years of the Leonardo Journal and the Emerging Professions that Link the Arts and Design with Science, Technology and Medicine 

With particular thanks to Lee, Kuo-Wei who led the work to enable publishing in Mandarin on ARTECA ( PS he is job hunting, would be happy to write a letter of recommendation for him!)

If you can’t access it for free, let me explain how we are trying to avoid the tragedy of the internet, so that arteca will have as little fake work as possible and you can know the provenance of the material.

a) We give free access to any author who has published or presented in any of the Leonardo publications or projects. Contact me.

b) We give free access to anyone who helps us make sure the content is trustworthy,  that includes peer reviewers and other advisors.

c) We give free access to anyone who has helped steer the pertinence of the content, as advisory board members any Leonardo publication or project.

This community of practice is 15,000 people strong across the planet.

Finally- we allow institutions to buy institutional subscriptions so all their employees, faculty, students. staff can get access.

This is part of our business model and we need your help to make this project sustainable ( all suggestions welcome !)(I am not a businessman):

a) Free access to anyone who contributes to the content, quality and pertinence of the content. This is a gift exchange model where we all share what we do with no exchange of money. Potentially this is a 15,000 person ‘global village green’ ( as our predecessors did by building gates to avoid the tragedy of the commons in the middle ages).

b) Paid access via institutions who pay so all they members can get free access whether for teaching or research purposes. We need your help convincing your university library to be a paying subscriber. I can make a 60 day free library subscription to your institutional library if you contact me at rmalina@alum.mit.edu  that way your students and faculty can try it out next semester. HELP !!

We don’t promise to do no evil, but we will help you figure out who is !

Roger Malina




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