Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages

In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to hunt for more evidence. He quickly found numerous stones and tablets bearing similar scripts and dated them from [...]

By |2019-07-01T15:18:53+00:00July 1st, 2019|Language, Machine learning, Translation|0 Comments

Hidden meanings: Using artificial intelligence to translate ancient texts

The ancient world is full of mystery. Many mysteries, in fact. Many mysteries indeed. Who built the monolithic and megalithic structures found all over the world? Why did they build them? How did they build them? What technology did they use? And perhaps most importantly from the point of view answering all the other questions: [...]

‘Untranslatable’ words tell us more about English speakers than other cultures

When the word “hygge” became popular outside Denmark a few years ago, it seemed the perfect way to express the feeling of wrapping yourself up in a crocheted blanket with a cosy jumper, a cup of tea and back-to-back episodes of The Bridge. But is it really only the Danes, with their cold Scandinavian evenings, [...]

By |2018-08-10T10:38:41+00:00August 10th, 2018|English language, Translation, Words|0 Comments

Welcome To The Era Of Big Translation

Despite the increasing ability to reach foreign customers, the lack of quality translation methods is still the most challenging aspect of global expansion. Currently, even using the most advanced software services are an expensive, complicated, and inaccurate process. The result is that too often, businesses sacrifice millions of dollars in profit because marketing to global [...]

By |2018-07-22T16:55:03+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Language, Translation|0 Comments

Artificial intelligence goes bilingual—without a dictionary

Automatic language translation has come a long way, thanks to neural networks—computer algorithms that take inspiration from the human brain. But training such networks requires an enormous amount of data: millions of sentence-by-sentence translations to demonstrate how a human would do it. Now, two new papers show that neural networks can learn to translate with [...]

Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job

The Odyssey is about a man. It says so right at the beginning — in Robert Fagles’s 1996 translation, for example, the poem opens with the line, “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns.” In the course of the poem, that man plots his return home after fighting the [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:27:09+00:00November 21st, 2017|Homer, The Odyssey, Translation|0 Comments

Found in translation: USC scientists map brain responses to stories in three different languages

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, regardless of cultural origins and differences. And in what appears to be a first for neuroscience, USC researchers have found patterns of brain activation when people find meaning in stories, [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:27:10+00:00October 29th, 2017|Languages, Psychology, Translation|0 Comments

Can translations save India’s endangered ‘mother tongues’?

In “Translation as Culture”, an article which theorises her work with Mahasweta Devi’s fiction, Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak writes of the irreducible emotional and ethical charge of translating from the mother tongue: “...translation in the narrow sense...is also a peculiar act of reparation – toward the language of the inside, a language in which we are [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:21:46+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Endangered Languages, India, Translation|0 Comments

Lost in translation: the Ancient books that we can’t decode

In 1908, archaeologist Luigi Pernier was poking around the ruins of an ancient palace in Crete when he unearthed a smallish clay disc that featured a series of mysterious symbols set in a spiral on both sides. Neither its layout, nor the symbols themselves, had been seen before – and neither have they been seen [...]

By |2017-07-26T23:04:02+00:00July 26th, 2017|Language, Translation|0 Comments

Glove turns sign language into text for real-time translation

Handwriting will never be the same again. A new glove developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text on a smartphone or computer screen. Because it’s cheaper and more portable than other automatic sign language translators on the market, it could be a [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:21:52+00:00July 13th, 2017|ASL, Sign language, Technology, Translation|0 Comments