This has been made possible thanks to a company based in the UK. In 2014 Google purchased Artificial Intelligence Company DeepMind for £400 million. The company has played a major role in most of Google’s AI projects.
The breakthrough came when Google’s AI was programmed to translate Korean into Japanese and back again.
According to a paper published by Google’s AI team, the AI had not been told how to translate the two languages but worked it out by using something called ‘zero-shot’ translation.
Zero-shot translation is when the AI is shown a group of images, in this case Japanese and Korean characters, and is able to interpret them to figure out their meaning. You might ask: how does this breakthrough affect me? Well, this means that Google Translate just got a lot more accurate and faster.
Despite what many people think, true AI is no longer reserved just for science fiction movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact it’s already here. You probably didn’t know but you have AI to thank for all those YouTube recommended videos, Spotify music playlists and adverts you see every day.
What I think
I believe this is a huge breakthrough and could be just a small step in what true AI can do for us. I also believe that, within 15 years, computers will be able to do everything humans can do, only better.
Do you think that AI will ever outsmart humans? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.