Google Translate enhances language support with AI-powered update

By Jurassic JennJun 30, 2024 15:01 PMTech
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In a remarkable development, Google Translate has expanded its language repertoire by adding support for an impressive 110 new languages. This significant upgrade was made conceivable through the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, specifically the employment of Google's own innovative PaLM 2 large language model (LLM). The stellar capabilities of PaLM 2 enabled efficient comprehension and acquisition of languages closely related to one another or those representing regional dialects. Plus, Google Translate now includes lesser-known Indian languages like Awadhi and Marwadi. This was reported by SSPDaily.

This latest enhancement represents the largest expansion ever witnessed by Google Translate. Formerly supporting a modest total of 133 languages, the translation tool now extends its reach to an impressive 243 languages. In line with its 1,000-language initiative announced in November 2022, Google has embarked on a mission to develop robust AI models that cater to the most widely spoken languages across the globe. The inclusion of these 110 new languages is embedded within this ambitious undertaking.

To select the newly added languages, Google meticulously prioritized the most commonly utilized variations of each language. By way of illustration, in the case of the Romani language with its various dialects spread across Europe, the AI model targeted the Southern Vlax Romani language as it holds significance in online platforms. The availability of substantial training material played a vital role in dictating the choices made by the AI model.

Among the notable new inclusions, displays a long-awaited addition of Cantonese, a language which had been consistently demanded by Google Translate users. Additionally, volunteer community contributions facilitated the inclusion of Afar, a tonal language spoken in Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. Remarkably, one-fourth of the 110 new languages hail from the diverse African continent.

With this groundbreaking advancement, Google Translate reinforces its position as a leading language translation tool, significantly enriching its linguistic capacity and opening doors of communication across an even wider range of cultures and languages. Thanks to pioneering AI technology, language barriers continue to diminish, fostering global connectivity and enhancing user experiences like never before.

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