Meta open-sources an AI model that can translate across 200 languages

No Language Left Behind model can translate across 200 languages, many of which are not supported by current commercial tools.
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Meta open-sourced its AI-based translation tool – No Language Left Behind. This AI model can translate across 200 languages, many of which are not supported by current commercial tools. This announcement comes at the time when the company has been aggressively developing its ‘universal speech translator.’ Machine translation is one of the important areas for AI research; for Meta, progress in this field would help it better understand its users.

The 200-language translation model has over 50 billion parameters and has been trained using Meta’s new Research SuperCluster, which the company claims to be one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. “The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps,” the company announcement said.

“Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work, it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram to recommending more relevant ads to keeping our services safe for everyone,” Meta-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

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Shraddha Goled
I am a technology journalist with AIM. I write stories focused on the AI landscape in India and around the world with a special interest in analysing its long term impact on individuals and societies. Reach out to me at shraddha.goled@analyticsindiamag.com.

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