AI translation firm unveils ‘world-first’ timeline to singularity

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An Italian company has unveiled a novel method of measuring AI progress: analyzing improvements in machine translation.

Translated, a provider of translation services, used the approach to predict when we will achieve singularity, a vague concept often defined as the point where machines become smarter than humans.

The Rome-based business sets this milestone at the moment when AI provides “a perfect translation.” According to the new research, this arrives when machine translation (MT) is better than top human translations.

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Translated’s analysis suggests this will happen before the end of the 2020s.

“[It will be] within this decade, at least for the top 10 languages in a context of average complexity,” Marco Trombetti, the company’s CEO, tells TNW. “The reality is that in some specific domains and in a few languages this has already happened. For some rare languages and domains it may never come.”

Marco Trombetti is a computer scientist, serial entrepreneur, and investor. In 1999 he founded Translated, which pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in the world of translation and is now the industry leader.