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For example, at world trade negotiation talks between government officials, an interpreter would be arranged to facilitate the communication; international conferences would often engage a team of interpreters and translators; the scientific and academic communities would routinely call for translations of abstracts, academic papers, patents, etc. These assignments continue to be a good source of business for language service operators today. Within the needs described above it is only fair to point out that non-English speaking nations have historically made considerably more effort to break language barriers by conforming to English than the other way around.

They may even have had time to learn something of the language. Similarly, written correspondence took days or weeks to reach its destination and a few more days having the document translated, if necessary, hardly affected the overall time frame of the communication process. It seems that in the past the difficulty of gaining communications access almost overrode the issue of language problems. Although the actual language barrier is not any greater now, the perceived barrier is, because of the ease of communication access afforded by advancement of technology.

Computers not only form an integral part of all modern telecommunications systems, providing the 'intelligence' required to connect people on demand, they are increasingly 'customers' of telecommunications too, using the networks to link up to other computers in diverse geographical locations. Transferring data to a computer on the other side of the world is now almost as easy as making a telephone call to a neighbour. The term cyberspace, coined by William Gibson (1984) in his scientific fiction Neuromancer ,is now commonly used to describe this 'world' of interlinked computers whereby information of any type is carried almost instantaneously in the form of digital signals over great distances.

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