Meta demonstrates an AI-powered speech-to-speech translation system

Meta demonstrates an AI-powered speech-to-speech translation system

The parent company of Facebook Meta has built a straightforwardly tailored tech tool translate Speech from one language to another.

Meta recently released a video showing how to make a file Artificial intelligence This AI powered instrument can translate between English and Hokkien language.

In the video, Meta President Mark Zuckerberg explained that the project required different and unusual development approaches. This is because Hokkien is primarily a spoken language. It does not have a widely used written form.

In general, translation system developers train AI models on very large amounts of written text text in the target languages. This provides the system with many different examples and language combinations in an effort to produce the most accurate results.

In general, AI-powered translation systems have improved greatly in recent years. It’s now easier than ever to get translation assistance online or on devices to improve international communications.

But one of the problems with these systems is that there are delays associated with the translation process. For example, when the system records the spoken speech, the words are first turns up into text and then translated by an artificial intelligence system. Then, the translated words are converted into speech so they can be heard.

The unusual part of the Meta project was that the development team didn’t have large amounts of Hokkien scripts to fetch into the AI ​​system.

Hokkien is a version, or dialect, of Chinese. It is spoken by millions of people in southeast China’s Fujian Province. It is also spoken by many people in Taiwan and some communities in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The language is generally passed down through generations of families.

Meta notes that Hokkien is one of about 3,500 living languages ​​that are primarily spoken and do not have a widely used writing system. The company says its AI developers aim to create speech-to-speech translation tools that cover most of the world’s languages.

Earlier this year, Meta announced two new AI projects. One is called Not Leaving Language Behind. Zuckerberg He said In a video, this effort is designed to create translation systems to cover “hundreds” of the world’s languages.

The other is called Universal Speech Translator. The goal of this project is to build a system that can produce “speech-to-speech translation across all languages,” the company said in a statement. The latest Meta system that includes Hokkien was developed as part of the Universal Speech Translator project.

“The ability to communicate with anyone in any language – it’s a superpower that people have always dreamed of, and AI will bring that into our lives,” Zuckerberg said.

Meta said it used several different methods to create the new system of translation to and from Hokkien and English. The team trained their AI models on text examples written from another version of Chinese, Mandarin, which is similar to Hokkien.

In addition, Meta developers have used the . file encryption A tool designed to compare spoken Hokkien with similar English text. The team also worked closely with Hokkien’s spokesmen to confirm the validity of the findings.

Meta said it aims to use the same methods used at Hokkien to create speech-to-speech translation systems for many languages ​​in the future.

However, the company said its Hokkien translation model is “still in progress.” He noted that the system is currently only able to translate one complete sentence at a time.

I’m Brian Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from Facebook, Google, and the South China Morning Post.

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