A 'Babelfish' could be the web's next big thing, says AI expert

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jorvaor  Identity Verified
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The future is now Mar 18, 2014

Translation on the fly achieved during the next 25 years? Google Translate can do it already.

Accurate translation, you say? That is different. I think that we would need a real AI for that, something able to understand the context of the text, plays on words, cultural references and the like. And that, is a completely different challenge.


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Dusan Miljkovic
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Agreed Mar 20, 2014

jorvaor wrote:

Translation on the fly achieved during the next 25 years? Google Translate can do it already.

Accurate translation, you say? That is different. I think that we would need a real AI for that, something able to understand the context of the text, plays on words, cultural references and the like. And that, is a completely different challenge.


Agreed. It's hard enough for humans to produce accurate translation between two languages, let alone any machine without advanced AI.


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Agreed Mar 21, 2014

Dusan M wrote:

jorvaor wrote:

Translation on the fly achieved during the next 25 years? Google Translate can do it already.

Accurate translation, you say? That is different. I think that we would need a real AI for that, something able to understand the context of the text, plays on words, cultural references and the like. And that, is a completely different challenge.


Agreed. It's hard enough for humans to produce accurate translation between two languages, let alone any machine without advanced AI.

Absolutely--just a pipe dream--like flying monkeys.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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No, it can't Mar 21, 2014

jorvaor wrote:
Translation on the fly achieved during the next 25 years? Google Translate can do it already.


No, it can't. If you read the article, you'll see that they're talking about the translation of speech, not text.


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jorvaor  Identity Verified
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Not directly, but... Mar 21, 2014

Hello, Samuel.

I read the article, and I knew that it was about speech. I just supposed that it can't be that hard to feed Google Translate with a speech recognition program.

After a bit of googling, I have just found that it seems to be already possible:
Everybody’s talking (and translating) with Chrome

I haven't tried it yet, though.


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