Google, Oscars, and politics dominate the stage

From an island perspective, it was great to see that Google Translate has added the Hawaiian and Samoan languages as part of their “machine learning-based translations,” making it possible for 120 million people to communicate this way. Google, however, is quick to admit that they will still need the assistance of the public to verify the accuracy of the translations because the machine-learning process will not be able to cover the breadth of a language. Active participation of linguistic experts is how languages like Scots Gaelic, Frisian, Shona, and six others were able to join Samoan and Hawaiian as the latest additions to the Google Translate family. Think about it: a similar conscientious effort could lead to the Chamorro and Carolinian languages making the list. I was happy to see…


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