▲ Up
 
12:17 29-05-2015
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Skype to introduce real-time automatic translator of conversations

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Skype hopes to make its international connections easier with a new feature that automatically translates conversations almost in real time, the Forbes said.

Parent company Microsoft unveiled the new technology at the Code technology conference on Tuesday, where Skype vice president Gurdeep Pall made small talk in English with a German-speaking Skype manager in Europe.

After saying a sentence in English, an automated voice translated his words into German.

It’s not quite the real-time universal translator and inevitably for a technology built on the still-tenuous foundations of speech recognition and machine translation, it’s not 100% accurate, the agency wrote.

Skype has 300 million monthly active users around the world, many of whom might see this as a new opportunity to conduct business meetings.It might also spur Google to add a similar feature to Hangouts, and Apple to FaceTime, Quartz’s Dan Frommer notes.

Beyond that, it illustrates how Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella is trying to turn more of the moon-shot technology being developed in his R&D labs, into products.

Microsoft Research, rather than Skype itself, is largely responsible for the new translation feature — the same division that spawned the Kinect.

Microsoft Research started its “machine translation” group 15 years ago and has since been building a “neural network” that combines speech recognition, machine translation and speech synthesis, Nadella said.


Twitterfacebookprint
15:41 28.05.2014
LATEST NEWS
11:50 Kyrgyzstani wins bronze medal at International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad11:43 42 minors commit suicide in Q1 201411:39 Head of Bishkek Humanities University department detained for receiving bribe11:35 54 minors have experienced sexual offenses in Q1 201511:29 More than 300 thousand families need housing in Kyrgyzstan, MP says11:23 Majority coalition to consider distribution of $100 million received for Jerooy competition11:23 Kazakhstan's national holding KazAgro changes chairman11:17 Head of Department of Tourism Maksat Chakiyev detained for bribery on large scale11:11 Tajikistan recognizes Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State terrorist organizations10:57 Chairman of committee on education discusses vocational and technical education with German colleagues10:55 Kazakhstan hosts meetings of CIS Council of Heads of Government and Eurasian Intergovernmental Council on Friday10:51 Osh interregional hospital to receive equipment from India to establish telemedicine center10:46 Experts to discuss protection of public health from tobacco effects in Kyrgyzstan10:42 Earthquake jolts border of Kyrgyzstan and China10:37 22yo old man attempts to commit suicide10:32 PM Sariyev invites Kazakh PM to pay official visit to Kyrgyzstan10:24 Kyrgyzstan – first Central Asian country to send its peacekeepers to Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Pacific region - Foreign Ministry10:24 US Soccer says it will vote against Sepp Blatter in FIFA election10:20 Surgeons of Bishkek, Berlin to jointly operate patients with burn injuries for free10:19 Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show
Astana
+22° C
Ashgabat
+35° C
Bishkek
+29° C
Dushanbe
+28° C
Tashkent
+32° C
exchange rates
 
63.62
58.15
9.43
1.11
203.17
185.80
29.97
3.56
6.86
6.27
1.01
0.13
2710.18
2512.73
405.44
50.01
3.83
3.50
0.56
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2015. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75