Call for Members to Help Form an Ad-hoc Technology Impact Committee

Over the last decade there have been many technological advances that have brought some fairly significant impacts to our profession, as well as the future interpreters face with respect to having a viable way to make a decent living. Although this local and our colleagues have been generally focused on video remote interpreting (VRI) and how that has brought problematic challenges and changes. There more advances in science and technology on the horizon that could have a similar, if not more profound bearing on the how language access happens in the courts. (Machine aided translation; Multilingual Artificial Intelligence; Multilingual Voice Recognition, etc.) 

It is clear that this local needs a group of dedicated individuals who can sift through data and make recommendations, as well as keep the board advised and informed about the present and upcoming technologies that could affect our profession and our ability to effectively bargain the impacts of such into the future. 

This is a call out to everyone who is interested in collaborating with fellow members from around the state in studying and formulating recommendations about how to address the impact of technology breakthroughs on our work life. 

If you would like to know more and be considered to be part of a new committee that will keep abreast of critical (and exciting) developments in our field, we need to hear from you. Please reply to this email, [email protected], and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you may be able to best contribute to the effort of this committee.

In solidarity,

Michael Ferreira