There is a quote about machine translation that I thought was famous but I'm having trouble pinning down just who said it and when, and what the exact wording was. Here is one version:
"Every time I fire a linguist my system improves"
Also I was sure I'd read recently that this person has been hired by Google to develop Google Translate but I can't find any reference to it now when I look - is that true?
The best I can find is that it was somebody called Eduard Hovy but there is no Wikipedia article on such a person and I can't find much linking this name to Google.