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Artificial and human translators square off in cryptologic linguist awareness campaign

A new digital campaign highlights the importance of RAN’s cryptologic linguist role in an entertaining fashion – pitting cyber and human capabilities against one another to translate, among other things, song lyrics and movie quotes.

A new digital campaign highlights the importance of RAN’s cryptologic linguist role in an entertaining fashion – pitting cyber and human capabilities against one another to translate, among other things, song lyrics and movie quotes.

The ability to translate foreign language and accurately convey sentiment and cultural nuance is a unique skill set, that cannot yet be substituted by cyber capabilities at a high level.

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The new campaign looks to challenge the artificial intelligence of Google Translate against the human capability, using well known song lyrics and movie quotes and translating them across multiple languages.

A priority role over the coming 12 months, cryptologic linguists work in a highly classified environment, intercepting, analysing and translating foreign languages to support Australian Defence Force operations.

Cryptologic linguists work to inform tactical and military advantage, both at sea and ashore. Drawing from a diverse workforce, the role looks largely to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities.

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Defence said that it is looking to recruit 40 women and men into the role over the coming year, with Director Navy Recruiting and Entries, Commander Lucinda Casey, adding that the campaign raises awareness of the unique role.

“The Navy wants people with good listening skills and high emotional intelligence who want to put their problem solving and analytical talents to good use,” CMDR Casey said.

Cryptologic linguists’ careers can take them around the globe. Petty Officer Elisabeth Hudson said her career as a Navy cryptologic linguist has taken her far beyond her expectations.

“The best part of being a Navy cryptologic linguist is the variety of experiences and opportunities that come with knowing a foreign language,” PO Hudson said.

“We receive world-class training and our highly specialised skills and intelligence can be applied to many situations, whether at sea, or ashore.

As a cryptologic linguist, I have the ability to make a real difference. It’s our intelligence that can directly affect military operations.”

Artificial and human translators square off in cryptologic linguist awareness campaign
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