Meta announced plans to build an artificial intelligence-powered translation system that works for everyone in the world. CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said; “The ability to communicate with anyone in any language — that’s a superpower people have dreamed of forever, and AI is going to deliver that within our lifetimes.”
Artificial intelligence-powered translation system and digital voice assistant to overcome challenges
The tools were showcased during Meta’s Inside the Lab: Building for the Metaverse with AI live-stream event. During the event, Meta revealed its development of an advanced digital voice assistant – Project CAIRaoke – Zuckerberg said that the company hopes the tool will one day be used as a crucial vehicle for users to navigate around the metaverse. Meta says it wants to overcome these challenges by deploying new machine learning techniques.
The company has a two-part plan to make this happen, First, No Language Left Behind, will concentrate on building AI models that can learn to translate language using fewer training examples. The Meta chief executive claimed it can translate hundreds of languages with state-of-the-art results and most of the language pairs – everything from Austrian to Uganda to Urdu. The second, Universal Speech Translator, will offer instantaneous speech-to-speech translation across all languages. Zuckerberg said; “That’s a superpower that people dreamed of forever and AI is going to deliver that within our lifetimes”.
Meta hinted at the use of AI for shopping
Meta said that an early version of the assistant will begin rolling out across Portal home devices. Although, Meta says that sooner or later users will be able to use the AI for personalized shopping. The company also imagines merging its AI assistant with AR and VR devices. In one example, a video showed a man wearing AR glasses using the assistant to guide him through a soup recipe. A narrator said; “By combining augmented and virtual reality devices with our Project CAIRaoke model, we hope the future of conversational AI will be more personal and seamless.”
Source: Meta Blog