Meta's new AI model can translate 200 different languages and enable 25 billion translations

Daily Mail - Science & tech 

Meta's new AI model can translate 200 different languages - including many low-resource ones not supported by current translation systems - thanks to the work of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls'one of the world's fastest supercomputers.' The company dubs its effort No Language Left Behind (NLLB) and it hopes to enable more than 25 billion translations across Meta's apps each day. Although there are more than 7,100 known languages spoken worldwide today, many of them do not have enough data sets available in order to train AI. 'The AI modeling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world,' Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement These so-called low resources languages include Egyptian Arabic, Balinese, Sardinian, Nigerian Fulfulde, Pangasinan and Umbundu - which are spoke by a sizeable population but not as much on the internet itself. 'The AI modeling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world,' Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement posted to Facebook. The new model can translate 55 African languages with'high-quality results,' the company states.