Let’s continue the Machine Translation voyage! Our time travel continues with an actual revolution, called Neural Machine Translation (NMT)!
NMT is the use of neural networks to teach a statistical model how to accurately perform automated translations. It uses artificial intelligence to learn languages and continuously improve its knowledge. It’s meant to mimic the neural networks in the human brain, thus reaching a lower margin of error.
The main advantage of the system is that it provides a single solution that can unravel both the source and target texts. NMT is the current state-of-the-art technology in machine translation and achieves the highest quality results.
NMT technology can be applied to any language pair, including languages that are fairly uncommon. They can also be fine-tuned according to particular language structures or groups. NMTs are primarily dependent on the input data as it learns to mimic the source it’s based on, which in turn allows it to selectively specialize in various contexts.
Some more Neural Machine Translation benefits
High accuracy: Drawing from ever-extending data sets and using language modeling, NMT engines can understand the broader context of words and phrases, thus producing more accurate and fluent translations and improving over time. The new neural machine translations are capable of capturing the structure of any input sentence, regardless of length.
Fast learning: Neural networks can be trained quickly through automated processes.
Simple integration: NMT can be integrated via Application Programming Interface solutions and Software Development Kits into almost any kind of software and applied to various content file formats.
Customization: The output of NMT can typically be customized and updated through terminology databases.
Cost efficiency: NMT allows you to take advantage of highly accurate and fast translation systems at a fraction of the cost.
Efficiencies: Neural machine translation can help quickly and easily meet the increased demand when a translation needs to scale up.
Google and The European Patent Office machine translation cooperation
Did you know that Google and The European Patent Office have worked together on developing a machine translation service, specifically to be used with patent documents?
The most important achievement thus far, was the general migration to Neural Machine Translation in 2017. NMT has now been successfully integrated into the Patent Translations department, translating the English content in to all other 31 languages of the EU.
What are the results?
That technical development has brought with it a remarkable, provable and measurable improvement of the quality of translations in fluency and accuracy.
The new neural machine translations reduce the errors seen by more than 50% over the existing phrase-based translation systems.
What is the future of neural machine translation?
NMT is constantly evolving and seeking ways to optimize quality. Neural machine translation is a powerhouse technology capable of revolutionizing the world of translation capabilities.
The future of NMT is bright. Its capabilities are only going to grow over time as artificial intelligence continues to evolve and neural networks become larger and more complex.