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Meta development of multilingual recognition and translation AI

Meta has just announced an AI (artificial intelligence) research project to create translation software with the criterion ‘No language is left behind’.

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Meta develops multilingual translation AI, which is supposed to connect people in the metaverse

The project was announced as part of an event focusing on the benefits of AI that Meta believes can be harnessed for its metaverse development plans.

According to Meta, translation tools are currently doing very well on popular languages ​​such as English, Mandarin and Spanish, but up to 20% of the world ‘s population does not understand this language.

“The ability to communicate with anyone in any language – it’s a superpower everyone dreams of, and AI will deliver it in our lifetime,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta. in online presentations.

Oftentimes, uncommon languages ​​will not have a ready-made translation database or a standard writing system. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to approach and train AI systems to understand and translate these languages.

‘No language is left behind’

Meta asserts that it will overcome these barriers and challenges by fully exploiting new machine learning techniques in two specific areas. The first area, with the criterion of ‘No language is left behind’, will focus on building AI models that can learn to translate languages ​​but do not require too many examples to understand. train.

The second area, Universal Speech Translator , builds systems that directly translate speech in real time from one language to another without having to translate through a component. the middle part – the technique used by most translation applications today.

On the blog announcing the multilingual AI translation, Meta did not give any specific timeline after 2021, instead they just outlined the next development milestones and focused on the ability to translate. How promising the language of AI is.

Meta expects that this AI technology will greatly benefit their global products, including expanding their reach and making them essential communication tools for millions of people.

The blog post also reveals multilingual AI translation software being developed for augmented and virtual reality wearables, which promises to break the boundaries between virtual and augmented reality. intense “role-playing” (metaverse that Meta is building). In other words, besides the community benefits, the development of multilingual AI translation software also brings many business benefits to Meta.

“Removing the language barrier will help connect billions of users, with the ability to access information online in their native or preferred language. Advances in [machine translation] will not only helping people who don’t know one of the languages ​​that dominate the internet today, which will also fundamentally change the way people around the world connect and share ideas.”

Excerpt from Meta .’s blog