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Google announces 'Translatotron,' a speech-to-speech translation system that can preserve...

By Polycount · 11 replies
May 15, 2019
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  1. A new post published on Google's AI Blog shows that the search giant isn't interested in leaving well-enough alone. Instead of focusing on traditional speech-to-text, text-to-text, or text-to-speech translation, the company is jumping leaping into the future with a speech-to-speech translation system that can preserve a speaker's unique voice characteristics, such as tone, inflection, and cadence.

    Google is accomplishing this feat through "Translatotron," a tool that utilizes a "sequence-to-sequence network" to convert source spectrograms (a visual representation of frequencies, as Engadget explains) into translated spectrograms in a given target language.

    To preserve a speaker's tone as mentioned before, Google relies on an optional "speaker encoder" step that can "maintain the character of the source speaker’s voice in the synthesized translated speech."

    The full explanation of how Translatotron works is fairly technical in nature, but from a practical perspective, you should be able to say something like "My name is John, how are you?" in English to someone who only speaks Spanish and have the tool convey your message more quickly and accurately than ever before.

    You can read all of the details behind Translatotron's functionality and listen to a few before-and-after voice samples right here. Unfortunately, as interesting as the tool sounds, Translatotron does not appear to be available for the general public just yet, and there's no word on when it might launch -- perhaps it will quietly be added to Google Translate itself in the future.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,620   +2,353

    If a tool like this became widely available I could see it passively teaching people new languages. If you're constantly hearing your gadget repeat things in another tongue you're likely to pick up common words and phrases.
    VitalyT likes this.
  3. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 166   +86

    In my experience the DeepL Translator gives much better results than google's efforts but it's limited to nine western European languages including Russian.

    The Nordic/Scandi languages don't get a look-in nor do any languages from Asia or Africa.

    xxLCxx and redhat like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,363   +2,872

    For me this kind of concludes the reasoning for moving back to Android. Probably when Note 10 is out.
  5. redhat

    redhat TS Member Posts: 32   +19

    Same apply to Yandex translation at least for English to German language
    xxLCxx likes this.
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,440   +1,438

    You can use google translate on any device... works just as well on an iPhone...
  7. XtremeHammond

    XtremeHammond TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +36

    I would like to see a more accurate translator than some fancy high tech toy.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  8. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx Banned Posts: 226   +149

    A word of warning: This can be dangerous. Google-Translate often gives you the opposite of what you were trying to express.
  9. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 172   +67

    That could make a interesting play, just imagine a comedy with two actor with different language.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  10. Dosahka

    Dosahka TS Booster Posts: 121   +44

    that's even good to make a youtube series with actors/actresses speaking in their native language :D
  11. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Booster Posts: 101   +75

    How many days before google gets bored and axes it like everything else they create.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  12. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Enthusiast Posts: 73   +35

    This will enable proper multi-lingual quarrels...

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