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Sixty years ago this week, scientists at Georgetown and IBM lauded their machine translation "brain," known as the 701 computer. The "brain" had successfully translated multiple sentences from Russian into English, leading the researchers to confidently claim that translation would be fully handled by machines in "the next few years." Fast forward six decades, and MIT Technology Review makes a remarkably similar proclamation: "To translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers." Simple? Not exactly.