Google has extended the “Interpreter” mode on its Assistant to Home speakers and other third-party devices.
The “Interpreter” mode will help users have real-time conversations with compatible devices and also translates them into other languages.
“For now, you must use English, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish to start the interpreter mode. After you’ve started interpreter mode, you can ask Google Assistant to translate between more languages,” the company wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.
The feature supports 26 international languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Korean and Portuguese among others.
Users can ask Assistant to “turn on interpreter mode” to invoke the feature on compatible devices and choose which languages they desire to use.
“When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language. You don’t have to alternate between languages for the interpreter mode to work,” the port said.
Using the interpreter mode on a Smart Display would allow users to both see and hear the translated conversation. They can also swipe from left to right to stop the interpreter mode.
Google first demonstrated the feature at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2019 in Las Vegas.
Joining Microsoft President Brad Smith and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday called for new regulations for Artificial Intelligence (AI), saying the only question now is how to approach it.
Although new regulation is needed, “a cautious approach is required that might not see significant controls placed on AI,” Pichai who was last month took over as the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, in an editorial piece in The Financial Times.
“There is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to. The only question is how to approach it”.
“Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used. It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone,” Pichai wrote.
According to CNET, the timing of the editorial coincides with a big push from Google to reveal some of the results of its own work in AI and bring tools it has developed out into the world.
The Alphabet CEO stressed that “international alignment will be critical to making global standards work” on AI.
We need to take a “principled approach to applying AI, said the company, while offering Google’s “expertise, experience and tools.”
“We need to be clear-eyed about what could go wrong,” he said.
His comments come as lawmakers and governments globally are considering to limit the use of AI in fields such as face recognition system – an issue close to Microsoft President Brad Smith’s heart who has often criticized the technology, urging governments to enact legislation regarding the technology.
“Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” said Smith.
Advanced AI which is beyond chat bots will soon be used to manipulate social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned recently.
In his famous debate with former Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Musk entered into a lassic argument over the capabilities of emerging technologies like AI.
Musk said that computers will one day surpass humans in “every single way”. He has predicted that a single company that develops “God-like super intelligence” might achieve world domination.