Historical records cannot exactly exactly state when the noble profession of interpreting started. This is because by its nature and unlike translations, interpreting does not leave behind written proof. It is therefore safe to say interpreting has been in existence ever since man started using the spoken word. It has therefore always played a vital role in building relationships between people of different origins.
Based on the progress and developments that have been made in the last centuries, interpreting is now a rapidly growing field and can only develop more in a world in which countries, cities and towns are becoming increasingly multilingual. It is also important to highlight that the field of interpreting has over the recent times been caught in tsunami currents of technological and social change that are sweeping away whole industries in a matter of years and replacing them with structures never seen before in human history.
Whether it’s acknowledged or not, interpreters all over the world are now working on webinars, conference calls and video conferences and in some cases working remotely to overcome language barriers. The online operational trends are only growing and technology is creating new opportunities for interpreters willing to work in new ways.
With the help of technology, an interpreter can now provide services in a remote hospitals emergency room while he or she is physically hundreds of kilometers away. By using technological tools, an interpreter can interpret a trade negotiation between two or more parties who are virtually sitting at the same table even though they are physically in another part of the world. It is also possible now for an investigator in a matter to interview a witness in a foreign country while the interpreter is here at home saving the client time and money.
With the advancements in technology, the field of interpreting has certainly become more effective and progressive.