Jul 7, 2022

Meta’s new AI model can translate 200 languages in real-time, without needing English

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Meta, the Facebook parent company, has announced its new, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven language translation model, which claims to be able to translate 200 languages worldwide, in real-time. In a blog post from earlier today, Meta said that this is the first AI language translator model that brings a large number of fringe and lesser known languages from around the world — including fringe dialects from Asia and Africa.

The AI model can also carry out these translations without needing to first translate a language to English, and then translate it to the originally intended language. This, Meta said, does not only help in speeding up the translation time, but is a breakthrough of sorts since many of the 200 languages that its AI model can understand had little to no available public data for AI to train on.

The initiative is part of the company’s No Language Left Behind (NLLB) project, which it announced in February this year. The new AI model, called NLLB-200, has achieved up to 44% higher BLEU (Bilingual Evaluation Understudy) score in terms of its accuracy and quality of translation results. For Indian dialects, NLLB-200 is 70% better than existing AI models.

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