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Preserving 4,000 languages with the help of artificial intelligence

Meta has announced new open-source AI models capable of recognizing more than 4,000 languages ​​spoken worldwide, 40 times more than previously available technologies.

Meta calls these models “Multilingual Speech Models” or MMS and claims to be able to convert text to speech and vice versa in more than 1100 languages, ten times more than previously existed.

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The American company says that one of its goals behind the development of these models is to save languages ​​from the threat of extinction, as the company said in a statement published on its official website, which says: “Many of the world’s languages ​​are on the verge of extinction. the risk of extinction, and the limitations placed on speech recognition and generation technologies currently will not only accelerate this trend.”

Meta has made its new models open source so that researchers can access and contribute to their development to help save the world’s languages.

According to Meta, there are many areas where AI-based speech technologies, such as messaging services, virtual and augmented reality technologies, can be used, as they will understand all voices and serve the user in their preferred language.

Speech recognition and text-to-speech models require training on thousands of hours of audio recordings with their accompanying transcripts, which is absolutely necessary for the algorithms to correctly understand and classify texts.

Meta has had difficulty collecting audio recordings of languages ​​that are not widely spoken, as currently available data only covers the 100 most spoken languages ​​around the world.

To overcome these difficulties, Mita resorted to unconventional methods, as she collected audio recordings of religious texts translated into different languages ​​and attached certified translations to these recordings, which allowed Mita to obtain 32 hours of data – on average – for less money. common languages., and increased the total number of languages ​​in the forms to over 4,000 languages.

Meta aims to support more languages ​​in its AI-based language models in the future, in addition to being able to work with different dialects of each language, which is still a challenge.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
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