Meta is working on a universal speech translator

The AI ​​project seeks to extend advanced translation options to lesser-used languages ​​and to develop a universal voice translator.

During Meta’s Inside the Lab virtual event series, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that his team is working on a new AI-powered technology dubbed “universal speech translation system.

The company says the new AI translator will allow people around the world to communicate with each other instantly in different languages.

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“The ability to communicate with anyone in any language is a superpower that people have always dreamed of, and AI is going to provide it in our lifetime.” Zuckerberg said.

During the event, Zuckerberg explained that Meta plans to develop the project in two parts. The first initiative, called “No language left out” will provide AI models that can learn to translate languages ​​using fewer inputs and training examples.

We are creating a single model capable of translating hundreds of languages ​​with industry-leading results and most language pairs, from Austrian to Ugandan to Urdu,” he explained.

As the name of the project suggests, the initiative aims to bridge the gap between access to advanced translation technologies available for major languages ​​like English, Mandarin and Spanish and the options available for native languages. less used. This last category still represents billions of people in the world that Meta does not want to leave out.

The second part of the initiative revolves around the development of a Universal Speech Translator, a real-time system for directly translating speech from one language to another without the need to provide text in between – which will be particularly useful for translating languages ​​that are not supported by a standard writing system.

“Eliminating language barriers would be profound, allowing billions of people to access information online in their native or preferred language,” Meta wrote in a blog post. “Advances in machine technology will not only help people who don’t speak one of the languages ​​that dominate the Internet today; they will also fundamentally change the way people around the world connect and share ideas. »

Once developed, Meta will deploy the use of these new technologies in an application integrated into future wearable devices and its VR and AR projects.

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