Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Lost in Translation
by Hanwen Liang
In 10 years, Google Translate has gone from supporting just a few languages to 103, connecting strangers, reaching across language barriers and even helping people find love.
Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between 103 different languages. It can translate words, sentences, and web pages between any combination of our supported languages. It was launched on April 28, 2006.
Now, with Google Translate, You can speak, snap, write or type words or sentences you want to translate to talk to someone with a different language. It can also operate on other websites or applications. It can even run offline.
Google Translate also could translate idioms, sayings, book/movie titles by its more common translation rather than translate it word-for-word like a few years ago. It could also translate sentences without major grammatical issues.
With the advancement in Artificial Intelligence, translation software also evolves.
Modeled after the way neurons connect in the human brain, deep neural networks are the same breed of AI technology that identifies commands spoken into Android phones and recognizes people in photos posted to Facebook, and the promise is that it will reinvent machine translation in much the same way. Google says that with certain languages, its new system—dubbed Google Neural Machine Translation, or GNMT—reduces errors by 60 percent.
Companies like Google are racing towards the same future—working not just to improve machine translation, but to build AI systems that can understand and respond to natural human language. As Google’s new Allo messaging app shows, these “chat bots” are still flawed. But neural networks are rapidly changing what’s possible. “None of this is solved,” Schuster says. “But there is a constant upward tick.” Or as Google says the Chinese would say: “Yǒu yīgè bùduàn xiàngshàng gōu.”
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