The latest interesting advancement in artificial intelligence is a new algorithm from Microsoft that can translate snippets of news as good as a human. The AI agent is capable of translating text from Chinese to English, at the same level as a professional human translator.
The team used a sample of 2000 sentences from online newspapers that had been previously translated by a professional. Not only did they compare the machine’s job with that of the human translator, but they also hired a team of independent bilingual consultants to keep an eye on the process.
Full details at Futurism. The next big step will be to train the AI translator on real-time news stories, to provide instant translation.