Google Translate ‘now almost as good as a human’

Google has developed a new version of its Translate tool and according to the company, it’s almost as good as human translation. The app, like many other computer-powered translation services, lets tourists or people abroad for business speak in their own language and then translates it into that of the country they’re in. However, comically bad mistranslations are common and are seen as inevitably associated with automated translation. The new software Google is rolling out, which starts with a Mandarin to English version today, should change that. Google calls the new method Neural Machine Translation, says  Quartz, and it is “radical” change from the previous system. At the moment, the app breaks sentences down and tries to find words and phrases in a specially-enlarged dictionary. The new system uses two…


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