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The adoption of AI and languages

By Bernhard Niesner, CEO & Co-Founder of Busuu

The Babel fish of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seemed like a distant science fiction reality until Google launched their Pixel Buds with real-time translation in 2017; the latest iteration now being Pixel Buds 2. Perhaps we can expect an iPhone-like symphonic progression in models here?

Many companies are throwing their hat into the translation technology ring. Web translation software is being surpassed by portable, state-of-the-art technology in the form of earpieces, hand-held devices and apps, all of which are enabling users to quickly navigate our multilingual world on-the-go.

Most recently, American Airlines announced it is testing interpreter mode for Google Assistant to help communication between their employees and travellers who speak a different language.

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has drastically enhanced the accuracy and quality of foreign language translations – allowing machines to help break down language barriers for customer service teams and tourists alike....