Machine Translation

For The First Time, AI Can Teach Itself Any Language On Earth


To understand the potential of these new systems, it helps to know how current machine translation works. The current de facto standard is Google Translate, a system that covers 103 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, including the top 10 languages in the world–in order, Mandarin, Spanish, English, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, German, and Javanese. Google's system uses human-supervised neural networks that compare parallel texts–books and articles that have been previously translated by humans. By comparing extremely large amounts of these parallel texts, Google Translate learns the equivalences between any two given languages, thus acquiring the ability to quickly translate between them. Sometimes the translations are funny or don't really capture the original meaning but, in general, they are functional and, overtime, they're getting better and better.

Machine Translation Without the Data – buZZrobot


Deep Learning is being aggressively used in day-to-day tasks. It especially excels in areas where there is a degree of'humanness' involved, e.g. Probably the most useful feature of Deep Networks, unlike other Machine Learning algorithms, is that their performance increases as it gets more data. So if it is possible to get more data, a performance increase can be expected. One of the tasks where deep networks excel is machine translation.


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Machine translation (MT) was one of the first applications of artificial intelligence technology that was deployed to solve real-world problems. Since the early 1960s, researchers have been building and utilizing computer systems that can translate from one language to another without requiring extensive human intervention. In the late 1990s, Ford Vehicle Operations began working with Systran Software Inc. to adapt and customize its machine-translation technology in order to translate Ford's vehicle assembly build instructions from English to German, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese. The use of machine translation was made necessary by the vast amount of dynamic information that needed to be translated in a timely fashion. The assembly build instructions at Ford contain text written in a controlled language as well as unstructured remarks and comments.

Speaking Louder than Words with Pictures Across Languages

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In this article, we investigate the possibility of cross-language communication using a synergy of words and pictures on mobile devices. On the one hand, communicating with only pictures is in itself a very powerful strategy, but is limited in expressiveness. On the other hand, words can express everything you could wish to say, but they are cumbersome to work with on mobile devices and need to be translated in order for their meaning to be understood. Automatic translations can contain errors that pervert the communication process, and this may undermine the users' confidence when expressing themselves across language barriers. Our idea is to create a user interface for cross-language communication that uses pictures as the primary mode of input, and words to express the detailed meaning.

Introduction to the Special Issue on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence

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We are very pleased to republish here extended versions of a sample of the papers drawn from the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI-06), which was held July 17-20, 2006, in Boston, Massachusetts. Three of these articles describe deployed applications and two describe emerging applications. By this measure, artificial intelligence is going strong. Evidence comes from the annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI), the premier conference on AI applications. The papers presented at the conference provide compelling case studies of the value and impact of AI technology.

Automating Knowledge Acquisition for Machine Translation

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Machine translation of human languages (for example, Japanese, English, Spanish) was one of the earliest goals of computer science research, and it remains an elusive one. Like many AI tasks, translation requires an immense amount of knowledge about language and the world. Recent approaches to machine translation frequently make use of text-based learning algorithms to fully or partially automate the acquisition of knowledge. This article illustrates these approaches. Anyone who has taken a graduate-level course in AI knows the answer.

Applying Automated Language Translation at a Global Enterprise Level

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This project has continued to evolve with the addition of new languages and improvements to the translation process. However, we discovered that there was a large demand for automated language translation across all of Ford Motor Company and we decided to expand the scope of our project to address these requirements. This article will describe our efforts to meet all of Ford's internal translation requirements with AI and MT technology and focus on the challenges and lessons that we learned from applying advanced technology across an entire corporation. Our initial goal was to utilize MT to translate vehicle build instructions from English to the native languages in the countries and regions where our assembly plants are located. The source text utilized a controlled language that we developed, called Standard Language, and we initially thought that applying MT technology would be a straightforward process. Controlled languages, such as Standard language, restrict the complexity and ambiguity of human languages by restricting syntax and terminology (Huijsen 1998). As such, they have been utilized in a number of different industrial applications (Godden 2000). However, there were many issues dealing with technical terminology, ungrammatical aspects of Standard Language, Ford-specific terminology, and the need to process uncontrolled text that needed to be addressed. We partnered with Systran Software Incorporated and with AppTek (now SAIC) to use their machine-translation technology and also incorporated natural language processing (NLP) algorithms within our artificial intelligence environment to analyze terminology and modify the source text to improve translation accuracy (Rychtyckyj 2007). The need to support manufacturing expansion in non-English speaking countries in Eastern Europe and Asia (such as in Russian and Chinese) led us to add additional language capability and to develop translation glossaries for all of the supported languages. The automated language translation for manufacturing work continues and will expand as Ford's global manufacturing footprint increases.

Applied AINews

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The Lockheed Corp. (Calabasas, CA) and AT&T (New York, NY) have signed an agreement to jointly develop and market intelligent transportation systems. The two companies are responding to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991, which calls for enhancing roadway capacity, safety, efficiency, and air quality through the development of intelligent vehicle highway systems. Electronic toll collection systems, traffic management systems, in-car navigational and route planning systems are among the systems being developed. UKbased Empires Stores, a mail order company, has reduced the clerical work in its credit department by about 30%, thanks to the implementation of an intelligent system. The company has successfully automated the decision-making process for passing or rejecting orders referred by its performance scoring system.

A Lexical Semantic and Statistical Approach to Lexical Collocation Extraction for Natural Language Generation

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These collocations are used by native speakers of a language almost without thought, yet they must be learned by nonnative speakers of the language. A native speaker of English might say that he/she drinks "strong coffee," but a nonnative speaker might say either "powerful coffee" or "sturdy coffee." Collocations tend to vary among languages and topic domains. Unfortunately, the task of correctly identifying lexical collocations, even by native speakers of the language, has been shown to be difficult. Computer systems that translate natural languages, or machine-translation systems, need to know about lexical collocation information to produce natural-sounding or colloquially proper text.

Automated Translation with R and Google Translate API


This course will help you to learn how to use Google translator API. You will learn how to set up your computer to auto translate your files from one to many different languages. We will learn by translating closed captions or *.vtt files but you can translate any other text. If you have subtitles files for your videos which you want to auto-translate to many different languages then it's the course for you! You will be able to translate those files right away.