Some of the most interesting new trends in international translation are developing as a result of the intersection of technology and translation services. AI, machine learning, and augmented/virtual reality technologies are becoming more advanced every year, and the possibilities of their application to the language service field are truly exciting. The following three stories highlight the synergy of language and technology.
Google, Glasses, And International Translation
At the recent Google I/O conference, the company unveiled a new “Google Glass” type device that has the ability to translate spoken dialogue in real-time. The speaker’s words are translated and displayed as text to the wearer of the as-of-yet unnamed device. Eventually, the glasses would be able to translate text as well as speech. One could travel to a foreign country and effectively experience no language barrier as text and speech would be instantly translated, providing a type of “subtitles for life” as one Google director of product management put it. This exciting new development has the potential of putting the power of global translations into the hands of the general public and forever changing the technology translation industry.
Machine Learning And International Translation
As AI and machine learning develop and become more advanced, their application to language and language training grows as well. A new research study at North Arizona University is attempting to apply machine learning algorithms to language learning, specifically with accents and pronunciations. The study’s first step is to create a measure of objective speech intelligibly for language learning through the development of an automated system. The language learning process could be greatly expedited by developing a system in which feedback on speech intelligibility can be given to language learners. If this system is perfected at scale, language mastery could be taken to new heights, which could greatly improve the quality of future interpreting services and translating services.
Real Madrid Joins Augmented Reality
The extraordinarily popular soccer team, Real Madrid, is wholeheartedly adopting the “metaverse” philosophy. The team has recently partnered with a virtual/augmented reality company, Astosch, to create an app that virtually recreates the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Once inside this augmented reality, anybody can watch live-streamed games as if they were physically in the stadium. The app also contains built-in translation tools that act as a global translation service so fans from all over the world can interact with each other through their favorite soccer team. Through this technology people around the world can come together and bond through their shared love of Real Madrid.
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