AI is something that we are using more and more every day in almost every aspect of our lives. This ever-evolving technology is advancing by the second to the point where it incorporates in almost every field. The same goes for the linguistics industry and field.
By simulating human intelligence, now you can use AI to decipher and interpret almost any given language. And this in turn can create new doorways to things like education, socioeconomic opportunities, global communication, etc. Read ahead to find out how all of this is possible.
What is AI?
AI or artificial intelligence is a type of technology that mimics the cognitive skills of humans like learning, comprehension, decision making, and correction. Except, this particular technology follows a set of pre-programmed rules, these rules are known as algorithms.
To solve a particular problem, it follows some specific algorithms. And is able to collect information, reason it out and deduce all the possible outcomes for it, except it has advanced reasoning skills so this technology always chooses the right answer. Go on ahead and read to find out how you can use this technology in your everyday lives.
How AI incorporates in our daily lives?
It sounds complicated but you already use this technology on a day to day basis. Things like speech recognition, facial recognition, virtual assistants, self-driving cars, and these all fall under the category of Artificial Intelligence. Whether it’s giving Google voice commands or using your face to lock your phone, this is all AI.
Even online add suggestions are a type of AI. By using speech recognition and comprehension, this technology can pick-up certain words and present them to you in the form of a suggested add while you’re on the internet. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri are also an advanced form of AI that uses multiple resources to be of optimum use to you.
Language and AI?
Language is an important tool to get by in life. This is especially true because you will inevitably learn better, understand better, and therefore perform better in a language that you’re more comfortable and familiar with.
That’s why some of the best technological advancement in translation AI is developing as we speak, to bridge that communication gap. Here are some very good examples of artificial intelligence at work in the language department.
Google translate has certainly made some advancements as it has translated almost a hundred and eight languages, some that aren’t even properly data-backed. Using this tool, you can translate the text of your choice to the language you’re more comfortable in.
Not only that, but it also has a feature that lets you take a picture of the text you want to translate, and using AI, it translates the words from that image for you.
There are many translating software available that you can use to not only translate the text but also to change the language settings of your computer or phone to your native tongue.
There are countless apps available that can translate for you whatever language you want if your language is available. There are also language learning apps like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo that can help you learn a completely new language.
You first choose the language you’re more comfortable in and then the apps let you learn a new language in the language you chose.
How will it be used in Translation Services?
There are multiple examples of how AI can be used in translating services. Here is how you can incorporate AI into things that otherwise are restrictive because of the language barrier.
Ease in Communication
Global communication could be a possibility with the help of AI. Traveling to foreign countries could be made much easier as you will be able to communicate properly with the locals.
And be able to get around much better and therefore have a much better experience. You could communicate with someone who does not know a word of your language with the help of this technology.
Language plays a huge part in marketing. If one person tries to sell something to another someone (who doesn’t speak English) in English then it isn’t a very smart marketing ploy. The best way to go about this would be market in a language that they can understand. Through AI translation, local businesses will not restrict to one particular region. You could be able to market to a much wider audience and ergo build a much larger clientele.
Advancement in Education
The area of education has always been confined to one language for the average person. You are able to learn the best in your language. That’s why you’ll learn from someone who speaks your language. But with the help of artificial intelligence, you could be able to learn in any language you want, be able to master whatever your field is. And you can do that by learning from teachers all around the world.
Artificial intelligence can create doorways for new employment opportunities. Sometimes a person can qualify and meet every criterion for a job. But still can’t get it and all because they don’t speak the required language. But this is where AI comes into play as, without a language barrier, you can do almost any job you want if you meet the skill set required.
Is there a future for AI in Translation?
While talking about artificial intelligence and translation the first thing that should come to your mind is that it isn’t perfect. The translation can sometimes come out awkward, sometimes it can’t convey the meaning, and sometimes the emotion doesn’t come through.
So that’s why we can say it’s not perfect but it’s still in progress. There are still developments being made in this field of AI. Day by day, we’re seeing new advancements, and so we can safely assume that full AI translation can one day become a reality.