Google’s AI translation tool creates own secret language
In September Google launched its new AI-powered language translation tool–the Neural Machine Translation system. After a little over a month of learning more languages to translate beyond Spanish, it appears to have created its own secret internal language.
TechCrunch reports that the discovery came about when Google researchers wondered if the AI could translate Japanese to Korean and vice versa without using the English language as a bridge. They call this “zero-shot translation.”
To their surprise, the AI was able to produce reasonable translations for the two languages.
The question that comes to the researchers’ mind is, “Has the computer formed its own concept of shared meaning for words found in the two languages?” Google’s researchers believe that it has.
It’s difficult to determine exactly since the inner processes of neural networks are very hard to describe.
Just as it is difficult to know exactly what is going on inside a neural network, so too is the implication of this discovery difficult to ascertain. However, the fact remains that this is conceptually very powerful. Alfred Bayle
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