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5G + AI, creating a true "Earth language"


Language, the most tortured, troublesome, costly, and difficult category of human generalist learning programs, is difficult to progress. Whether you ask secondary school students who are enrolled in extracurricular classes, college students who are stuck in Grade 4 or 6, or workplace people who are dizzy at the sight of minor language materials at work, the jingle definitely echoes in their minds - "I'm Chinese, I don't like learning foreign languages, and failing foreign languages means I ......"

Because of their early isolation and dispersion, human beings also formed their own tribes and nations because of differences in natural environment, productive life, and habits of thought, which in turn gave rise to group-specific cultural forms, the most typical crystallization of which is language as a tool for communication, and religion as a social ideology.

According to publicly available information, there are currently about 2,000 languages worldwide in which writing alone exists.

These "tools", which existed for the purpose of human communication in themselves, were quite easy to use when man entered modern civilization. But with the development of information technology, the dimension of time and distance between the different parts of the world, has tended to disappear, a time when the impact of cultural divides comes to the fore.

Let's look at the "world language", English, which is now the official language of 67 countries. Even in the United States, where it feels like everyone speaks English, 25% of students actually speak a native language other than English at home, and after the age relaxation, about 40% of Americans do not speak English at home. This multilingual environment of people of the same country, different nationalities and different ancestral origins has become widespread.

Earthlings, it's just so hard to communicate.

Can one person, learn all languages?

Since English isn't enough, how about learning a few more languages? Such people do exist in reality, and they are characterized by their mastery of many languages, and they even have a special name for them - "ployglot" (multi-lingual speaker).

Take, for example, the world's most famous multilingual Lebanese of Liberian origin, Ziad Youssef Fazah, who claimed to speak and read 58 languages (including Cantonese) to the public and was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

But in a TV show, several people in different languages asked him questions in their native languages. One of them thought the Chinese asked him, "What is the only man-made project on Earth that can be seen from the Moon? "He turned his head and repeated the question once, but didn't give an answer, obviously not understanding. Another asked him in Russian, "What day of the week is it? ", to which he likewise did not reply.

"If the Guinness Book of Records holders can't do it, there's no hope for the average person.

This is also because language is not a stand-alone thing, it is actually an expression built on culture, and to translate "perfectly" from one cultural context to another means that the translator must be extremely familiar with both cultures, and preferably have lived in both.

By this line of reasoning, you can't always have everyone familiar with all the cultures of the planet.

Making all languages "Earth languages"

Since it is impossible for a person to master all languages, can we think of it differently, why must we learn a foreign language? Can we not learn? Or how about leaving this to another tool?

As a technology with a long history, artificial intelligence has made dramatic advances in recent years, one of which is reflected in the speed and accuracy of machine translation. The English 17th century poet and translator, John Drayton, described the ideal translation thus.

A translation does not necessarily need to correspond to every word, as each language has its own particular context, and it is more important for the translator to choose expressions that do not destroy the original meaning. It is like a real scene recorded by a painter with his own brush, and the painter himself has the right to change the style and character of the picture.

This is why human translators, in addition to learning the language, need to gain a lot of experience through their work, and thus develop their own ability and style of understanding and reducing the language, which AI is gradually achieving.

Take a leading domestic AI translation company for example, their on-the-go translation product from six months ago can already support 33 languages. It is also capable of supporting the 4 most common Chinese dialects: Northeastern, Sichuan, Henan, and Cantonese. And their online service can even process dozens of minutes of recordings into text in minutes, with a pretty high accuracy rate.

Beneath the magic exterior, the principle of AI translation is actually quite simple - computers first learn how to turn recordings into text through large amounts of data, how to translate the text over, and finally have the computers learn how to vocalize like humans. Then when the user needs a translation, the human recording is first sent from the local to the cloud, which does the recognition, translation, and other processing, and then the data is sent back to the client and is eventually converted into the human voice that the user hears.

This series of links is all connected through the network and also relies heavily on the manual processing computing power of the cloud. Even with the most advanced technology available today, the entire response time will still be in the order of seconds. This speed is too slow for humans.

Imagine, you can easily stop a kind-hearted person on the road in a foreign country, only to pull out the translator and send a voice, all you can see is endless "loading", you can only continue to ask the kind-hearted person to wait again, how embarrassing it is.

5G + AI, creating a true "Earth language"

Yes, 5G will be the best solution to this awkward scenario above, with a little help from AI of course.

As envisioned by Qualcomm, future translation devices will be fully capable of instantly translating and vocalizing your native language into another native language the moment you speak it. The translation device can even simulate your face on the screen, with the movements of the face corresponding to the new language after translation.

But there are some essential components needed to complete this vision, starting with the chip.A Snapdragon chip built by Qualcomm would be the best option to accomplish this.

With the chip, one can develop software on top of the Snapdragon, and then developers will be able to put in the AI algorithms that they get after training. The algorithm is like fuel in this segment. By combining the algorithm with the engine, we are able to translate locally on the end device, whether it's music or phone calls.

This ensures that the entire communication and translation takes place in real time, just as we normally do in our native language. Of course in order to achieve this real-time, the role of 5G connectivity for communication terminals cannot be ignored.

When AI can already perform the task of communicating in different languages more efficiently than humans, humans can then spare more energy for more creative endeavors.

But this is not a threat to humanity, but rather a social upgrade and change that technology will inevitably bring about, and the end result can only be a simpler and more enjoyable human life. This "freeing up" of human resources is where the greatest value of technology lies. Bringing tools back to tools so that people are no longer treated like tools.

For example, in the United States, a multilingual country, many educators and scholars have begun to imagine an "exciting" scenario in which students from Europe, South America, East Asia, and other regions can freely exchange ideas and thoughts without having to learn each other's unique languages and texts when language is no longer a barrier. 5G, which could make the classroom a true hub of connectivity.

According to the current schedule. 5G will be commercially available in 2019, and Qualcomm is leading the way in accelerating the commercial arrival of 5G . People will then be able to communicate across languages, and will be changed forever by the arrival of 5G.

In that day, all the words spoken by the people of Earth will be in Earth language.


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