This new version of Google Translate is powered by neural machine translation, which is a new method of teaching computers to translate human languages, according to the Association for Computational Linguistics. Google published updates regarding its research into this field in September; it’s now integrating the technique directly into Google Translate.
The upgraded translation technique will work immediately with English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese, among other languages. Google says it will eventually make similar upgrades to all of the 103 languages Google Translate currently supports.
The announcement comes as Microsoft has also been bolstering its own translation service. Microsoft hopes to release an app by the end of the year that can translate multi-lingual group conversations in real time, ZDNet recently reported.
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