Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to bring mobile translations offline

Dive Brief:Thursday, Microsoft introduced an offline translation app for Android devices.  Powered by a deep neural network, a form of machine learning, the free app allows for “near online-quality” translation without any internet connection, the company wrote.  The product is part of Microsoft’s broader research efforts in deep learning and artificial intelligence, which resulted in recent pet projects like Fetch, an image recognition app that can learn to detect subtleties the more people use it.  Dive Insight: By taking its translation capabilities offline, people can use the app when traveling, particularly in places where Internet access is either unavailable or too expensive. Right now, the application can translate nine languages —simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese — but the company has promised more are on the way. Though, for…


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