Google Translate is very popular tool thanks to its simple interface, a large number of available languages and relatively decent translations compared to similar services. However, a new update will drastically improve the service thanks to neural machine translation technology.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are seeing a drastic increase in use in various apps and services and for good reason. They are able to drastically improve the efficiency of the system and only get better with time. It was only a matter of time before Google would apply the technology to its Translate app.
The new feature will make computer-generated translations even more similar to those performed by persons. Currently, the new technology is only available for seven languages with the rest gradually receiving the same treatment in the near future.
Google first tested the neural machine algorithm on Chinese to English translations back in September. Since then, they were getting ready to deploy it to translations between more languages such as to and from English in German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Korean, and Turkish. Alongside Chinese translations, these languages make up over a third of all activity on Google Translate.
Although the app’s user interface won’t look any different from before, the main improvement will be seen in the quality of actual translations. The technology enables a higher degree of accuracy in translation as well as making them easier to understand. The main difference in the method used by the app is that instead of translating each word independently in a phrase, the new machine learning algorithms will take into account the overall meaning of a sentence and translating it all at once.
According to Barak Turovsky, the product leader for Translate, the app has been improved in one step more than the previous ten years combined. He also went on to state that all languages supported by Google Translate will benefit from the new technology.
The company has also recently revealed another innovation in translations with their new app called Thing Translator. The app uses a camera’s phone to identify objects and translate them into the language you choose.
Do you use Google Translate? Are you excited about the new improvements?
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