Lost in Translation? AI and ML can Help you Out

Lost in Translation? AI and ML can Help you Out

Naveen Joshi 06/08/2020 6
Lost in Translation? AI and ML can Help you Out

An AI translator can help improve the overall productivity due to its instant translation service, and hence it can be leveraged to provide effective communication.

Do you ever find it hard to translate something or understand someone from a different country? If yes, then you need not worry now because AI and ML are here to help you. According to research, the total amount of money enterprises spend on translation services annually is estimated to reach up to US$45 billion by 2020. The reason why enterprises are increasingly spending on online translation services is due to their ability to provide instant and cost-effective translation with the help of natural language processing and machine learning. With the increase in globalization and the digital transformation, the use of an AI translator can thus help a company to maintain effective communication with its foreign partners, clients, or government organizations.

AI Translator Applications

With the recent development of more advanced AIs being used in AI translators, many people have started using them globally to translate any language into another. Thus, an AI translator could serve a number of applications as follows:

AI Translator Applications



Business organizations can hugely benefit from the use of AI translators. Natural language processing and machine learning can help business professionals such as CEOs or entrepreneurs communicate with clients or with business partners. For instance, an entrepreneur who deals with the manufacturing and distribution of reusable bags and wants to expand his business across the globe can make use of an AI translator. With the help of the AI translator, the entrepreneur can communicate with people from other countries and promote his idea. Thus, an AI translator could help expand one’s business. Similarly, AI translators can help vendors to communicate with their foreign clients and hence improve global supply chain management.

Social Media

Twitter and Facebook, two of the most popular social networking sites globally, make use of AI translators to help their users translate posts that are in different languages. The AI translators are used by the officials of the networking sites, who have access to the users’ posts, to decode what they have actually posted. By helping officials in doing so, an AI translator can allow officials from these sites to track users posting suicidal thoughts and help them prevent suicides.


The use of AI translators can be highly beneficial for tourists. When you travel abroad to a relatively new place, one of the major concerns generally is the language barrier. AI translators can significantly help tourists traveling abroad to different countries to communicate with the locals. Japan has recently invented a portable AI-powered, pocket-friendly translation device that can establish an instant two-way translation. This device supports a total of 74 languages and works in 126 different countries. Thus, AI translators could allow tourists to communicate with people from different countries easily.

Animal Language Translator

A number of researches are currently researching the potential use of AI technology to communicate with animals. Recently, a Swedish company revealed that they are developing an AI tool that could help translate the sounds that dolphins make. Dolphin sightseeing, being one of the most popular tourist attractions, would help attract more visitors if the possibility of translating dolphins’ sounds actually comes true. Similarly, a professor at Northern Arizona University is developing an AI translator that could help translate what our pet dogs are trying to say. The invention of this pet translator device aims to help pet dog owners worldwide to know what their dogs are actually trying to say to know if they are hungry, in pain, or in a sad state.


AI translator devices can also be implemented at various global sporting events that garner participation from athletes across the world, to improve their ability to communicate. Since the Summer Olympics 2020 is scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan is planning to implement AI translators for generating effective communication between participants and staff members or the volunteers. This will help overcome the language barrier for the participants who can’t speak the local language and also for the staff members or volunteers who can’t speak English.

AI translators are helping people worldwide to translate text or speech instantly, and thus AI translators have the capability to replace the human translators. However, an AI translator still does not provide complete accuracy in translation, which can be termed as the biggest disadvantage of an AI translator. Nevertheless, a number of translation service providers are working on translation models that could provide as much accuracy as possible. For instance, two major translation service providers presented a new glossary feature with the translation API which increased the accuracy, efficiency, and fluency of all translation languages by up to 20 percent as compared to earlier. But considering all the benefits that an AI translator can offer, and with the constant efforts being taken to ensure greater accuracy in the output as part of the AI revolution, the tool can help businesses across industries.

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  • Stuart Granger

    This is so amazing

  • Janet Cartwright

    Translation work done by AI and ML is underrated. We really should be paying more attention to what is gained in translation rather than what is lost.

  • Anne Blackford

    Wonderful post

  • John Mathews

    As simple as it seems, it’s often impossible to accurately translate the word you without knowing a lot more about the situation where it’s being said.

  • Scott Andrews

    It's not that other languages are complicated, it's just that English is too simple

  • Aaron Damsell

    Sounds about right.

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Naveen Joshi

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Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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