Google AI 'Translatotron' Can Make Anyone a Real-Time Polyglot


Google AI yesterday released its latest research result in speech-to-speech translation, the futuristic-sounding "Translatotron." Billed as the world's first end-to-end speech-to-speech translation model, Translatotron promises the potential for real-time cross-linguistic conversations with low latency and high accuracy. Humans have always dreamed of a voice-based device that could enable them to simply leap over language barriers. While advances in deep learning have contributed to highly improved accuracy in speech recognition and machine translation, smooth conversations between different language speakers remained hampered by unnatural pauses during machine processing. Google's wireless headphone Pixel Bud released in 2017 boasted real-time speech translation, but users found the practical experience less then satisfying.