Neural machine translation is the Ferrari for online translations. Such a technology also called as NMT trains a neural network to learn new languages through deep learning techniques. While the traditional methods used statistics, the new Google Translate is based on deep representation learning. This new technology has been open for the public since November 2016. However, back then the company offered support for only eight foreign languages. As of recently, the tech giant covered more languages to help people unlock seamless and quality translations.
On Monday, the American multinational tech company revealed that from now on its Google Translate can offer support for three more languages. These are Russian, Hindi, and Vietnamese, besides the already existing eight other foreign languages. The company explains its innovative software as made of computer systems that were created to the functionality of the human brain and its nervous system.
Due to a high capacity of processing, the software can translate whole phrases at a time. In comparison, traditional software used to take words one by one and translate them by each unit. This way, a lot of meaningful nuances of the sentence were left behind. The result used to look like a chaotic list of words that had nothing to do with one another.
The product leader on Google Translate, Barak Turovsky, stated that the new technology is better than the old one in every way. The neural machine translation is able to offer results that are closer to reality and sound better. The software intends to speak as fluently a foreign language as the locals.
By avoiding limiting the translations to finding the counterpart for each word, the software gains heavy points in accuracy. Neural translation takes full advantage of all recent successes within the machine learning field. Thanks to them, Google Translate can take a sentence and return it in a different language. Its secret stands in the fact that it is now able to make more than translating words. It can also rearrange and reshape the construction, so it follows the rules of proper grammar.
The new implementation is already live on the Google Translate website. The neural machine translation is also available on mobile devices, be it Android or iOS. The new technology will soon invade the web as well, where it will translate Chrome online pages automatically.
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