Sometimes you may feel like there's nothing worth reading on the Web, but at least there's plenty of material you can read and understand. Millions of people around the world, in contrast, speak languages that are still barely represented online, despite widespread Internet access and improving translation technology.
Tools and apps like Google Translate are getting better and better at translating one language into another. Alexander Waibel, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (@LTIatCMU), tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson how translation technology works, where there's still room to improve and what could be in store in the decades to come. "Over the years I think there's been a big trend on translation to go increasingly from rule-based, knowledge-based methods to learning methods. Systems have now really achieved a phenomenally good accuracy, and so I think, within our lifetime I'm fairly sure that we'll reach -- if we haven't already done so -- human-level performance, and/or exceeding it. "The current technology that really has taken the community by storm is of course neural machine translation.
It is not out of reason to boldly say that translation is of great importance to man. The diversity of languages and cultures in the world makes translation essential to humanity. The benefits of translation to humankind spread across businesses, politics, international relations, tourism, and education. In the digital era, physical borders don't affect businesses and individuals anymore. Any company can go global.
GeoFluent Customizer is a product billed by its makers, Lionbridge, as being able to improve base language models by using your enterprise's language assets for an enhanced customer chat translation experience. Basically that means that while, yes, you can find free chat translation services out there, Lionbridge is betting you wouldn't want to actually allow valuable customers to utilize them in fear of inaccuracies. It offers real-time on-demand custom translation in a cloud app -- automated machine translation technology, instantly translating content and communications into multiple languages.The GeoFluent platform accomplishes this, Lionbridge officials say, by integrating advanced cloud-based language tools with a real-time translation service, a statistical machine translation engine from IBM's (News - Alert) Watson Research Center. The chat translation platform can also be customized using your content and configured for specific business processes for multilingual communication such as eSupport, forums, blogs, web pages, chat sessions and other such uses. What sets GeoFluent apart is the fact that is based on a powerful technology platform that uses statistical machine translation algorithms from IBM. SMT, Lionbridge officials explain, has contributed to the growth in machine translation applications in recent years since it can analyze "vast amounts of previously translated material," and target-language texts to create what Lionbridge officials say is "a real-time translation in a fraction of the time that it takes to produce traditional rules- based translation systems."