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Become a Perfect Bilingual with Google’s In-House AI

The project is called Tivoli internally, according to outlet sources

Google has made significant progress over the years in AI and natural language processing, with services like Google Assistant and calls filtering using this intelligence. The company has also established Google Translate as one of the must-have services for language translation. Now, The Information reports that Google is working on a service that uses conversational AI to teach foreign languages ​​through Google search. The project is called Tivoli internally, according to outlet sources, and will likely launch later this year. Google is embarking on learning foreign languages. During its I / O conference, the Mountain View firm showed a glimpse of an AI with which it is possible to converse in foreign languages. Google plans to compete with Duolingo and Babel by integrating Tivoli with Search, Assistant, and YouTube. 

The relationship between Google and languages ​​does not end with its translation tool. Chrome has made understanding any website and its content possible due to this. In recent years, the latter has been developing an AI capable of reproducing the voice, with the tone and accent of the language used. A technology that will have many applications in the future.

The development of Tivoli is said to have started two years ago using the Meena Neural Conversation Model, which evolved into LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications). Google introduced LaMDA at its I / O conference last month, with the model being able to respond to more subtle conversational signals without simply having to spit out facts. During the I / O conference, the manufacturer presented LaMDA. She notably took the role of Pluto by discussing the point of view of the dwarf planet. If the usefulness of such a technology may seem limited, the possibilities are multiple. Google would indeed plan to use it to offer a tool for learning foreign languages.

It is believed that Tivoli will initially work via text, but employees are trying to find ways to get it to Google Assistant and YouTube. An example of a YouTube use case obtained by the POS is that Tivoli would create language quizzes, with viewers checking in after watching a video. The AI ​​would then process the recorded video to gauge the performance of viewers.

This is not the first time Google has experimented in this sector. Last year Along was released, an application dedicated to children to learn English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi. With this new AI, the group directly competes with Duolingo and Babel, the two current pillars of the market. The sources state that an AI-based service that teaches languages may have minor errors but without severe consequences.

Writer: Imaaz Nadeem

Reporter: Imaaz Nadeem

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