Machines aren't good enough yet for London-based translation company Today Translations, which would like to hire an emoji specialist to ensure that its digital communications don't accidentally offend anyone by, say, having the wrong-coloured face turn up in an incorrect social context and triggering World War III.
The job advert explains the requirements with: "Emoji translation is itself an emerging field – but one dominated to date by software, which is often insensitive to the many cultural differences in usage and interpretation. We are therefore seeking an exceptional individual to provide the human touch needed where translation software is inadequate – and to help us become the go-to translation experts in this area."
They ideally want someone with a Bachelors Degree to sit on the internet all day and examine what stupid faces and foodstuffs people with limited communication skills are using to message each other, and don't say how much the money is. So it's probably not very much and you'd be better off arranging genuine physical aubergines down at Tesco, plus all you really need to do when encountering emoji is to ignore whatever the person using them has to say -- as it almost certainly won't be of any merit. [Today Translations via Guardian]