The method is called "zero-shot" translation and can translate new pairs of languages without the software needing to be taught how to do so. [Read More]
Summary… * Machine-Made
GoogleGoogle Neural Machine Translation (GNMT), first announced back in September, is the new system powering #Google Translate, the platform that invalidates all those years of French classes.
While #Google's already boasted about improved translation accuracy thanks to machine learning, the new #Google Translate can translate from one language to another even if those two languages weren't paired by the system previously.
It can generate reasonable Korean to Japanese translations, even though it has never been taught to do so… To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time this type of transfer learning has worked in Machine Translation."
The new and improved #Google Translate is in use now.
Earlier this year, #Google also unveiled its own virtual assistant like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa.
Opinion… * Man-Made