Google Crowdsource ditches machine learning and asks you to help with translations

Google has quietly launched a new app for crowdsourcing translations — simply called Crowdsource — that aims to improve the quality of various Google services in different regions, as far as language is concerned at least. The app asks users to perform what it refers to as “microtasks”, each of which takes no more than 5 to 10 seconds to complete, and allows users to contribute their own suggestions regarding handwriting recognition and various forms of image transcription.Strangely enough, Crowdsource offers no real incentive to its contributors, apart from a vague promise of a greater good, and that goes only as far as Google’s own products are concerned. Third parties are not allowed free access to the underlying language database that powers services such as Google Maps or Google Translate.…


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