Google just announced Neutral Machine Translations focusing India where over next five years, 9 of 10 new internet users are likely to be Indian language users and the new feature is launched targeting such users by making Indian language search on web sharper like never before.
After introducing support for machine-learning based translation for Hindi, Google has announced that Google Translate will use the company’s new Neural Machine Translation technology to translate between English and nine widely used Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada. The feature is also extended to support Google Chrome browser’s built-in auto-translate functionality. And there is more for India, the Gboard Keyboard app which will support all 22 scheduled Indian languages and the Google Search will finally include results from Hindi dictionaries as well. The translate service will also ease out the Google Maps service for Indian language users.
Indian language users have grown from 42 million in 2011 to 234 million in 2016 which is higher than Indian English users and the stats are increasing day by day because of the affordable internet services provided by telcos like Reliance Jio. After the extremely cheap internet services and low-cost smartphones, the users of internet have extensively increased in India and Google wants to cover every single inch, leaving nothing or nobody behind when it comes to providing Google services.
When it comes to machine learning and artificial intelligence, Google is recognised as the undisputed leader, and the languages bit is part of this larger effort. So what exactly is Neural Machine Translation? Google’s Neural Machine Translation rely on deep learning neural networks to carry out translations. It is a multilingual model, where the system is taught to translate between more than one pair of language.
For example, for a Hindi to English translation, the system is taught the same sentences in Hindi and its counterpart in English in order to understand the translation. The idea with the model isn’t just translating two pairs of language, like say Hindi to English. Eventually it could mean that Google Translate is able to translate Hindi to Tamil directly, without actually being taught this specifically. After all we have Sundar Pichai at the roots!