Facebook says its researchers have found a new way to use artificial intelligence to translate material on its social network faster and more accurately. This could mean Facebook users eventually seeing everything translated immediately into their preferred language, not just post but videos too. Facebook already translates posts in more than 45 languages, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says there is still “a lot more to do.”

For now, Facebook has made the research and its methods publicly available so developers and others can use it to build translation and other language tools. Beyond language translation, the technology can be used for chatbots, for example, or other language-based tasks.

The method uses something called a convolutional neural network (CNN), a technology that’s already used for image processing and other types of machine learning. Fair, the artificial intelligence research team announced that it has completed a year-long project to improve the translation efficiency.

The team detailed that the CNN system is nine-times faster than the conventional systems. According to a report by Fast Company, CNN was first developed by Yann LeCun, the lead of Fair and it is considered the building block for a scalable automated natural language understanding program.

With inputs from Associated Press

Publish date: May 10, 2017 9:40 am| Modified date: May 10, 2017 9:40 am

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