IFWAY OU'REYAY ethay ortsay ofway ersonpay owhay inventsway
eirthay ownway anguagelay, aypay attentionway, isthay orystay
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or for anyone not a scholar of Pig Latin…
IF YOU'RE the sort of person who invents their own language, pay attention, this story is for you. Zero-Shot translation is here.
Google Brain’s Neural Network AI has learnt enough to create its own ‘universal language’or interlingua. It’s not actually something you can learn or teach so much, but a method/algorithm by which the AI can learn how to translate between two languages, without actually knowing either.
And just to be clear - the AI invented this technique by itself.
In the research paper that Google has published, it taught the neural networks how to translate from Portuguese to English and English to Spanish. With that information,it was able to translate from Portuguese to Spanish by itself.
"To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of true multilingual zero-shot translation,"
The interlingua follows on from the earlier experiment we reported on where two AIs were able to invent a form of encryption to annoy a third. OK, perhaps over-simplified by it’s basically true.
The interlingua uses lessons learned from what it does know to find the commonalities that will allow it to deduce what it doesn’t. It encoded the semantics rather than trying to translate the phrase verbatim.
What that means is that theoretically, Google Brain’s systems can learn any language, without lessons. And the results are “reasonable”. Now “reasonable” this early in the game is basically, “holy sh*t”. Especially when you realise it’s already in use as part of the latest tranche of Google Translate.
“The described Multilingual Google Neural Machine Translation system is running in production today for all Google Translate users. Multilingual systems are currently used to serve 10 of the recently launched 16 language pairs, resulting in improved quality and a simplified production architecture.”
Erm. wow. µ
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