At Re/code’s Code conference Tuesday, Microsoft demo’d near-real-time language translation via Skype.
Microsoft has been hammering on speech recognition and translation for years, with the help of machine learning systems that imitate human neural networks. These “deep learning” machines can effectively teach themselves more about how language works — and get better at recognizing it.
Although the Redmond software giant’s real-time language translation tool was demonstrated a few years ago as a concept, it is finally scheduled to reach beta stage in an update of Skype some time later this year.
Microsoft will start with a handful of languages and will only be available for the Windows version of Skype, though Microsoft hopes to add more languages quickly, as well as support for the many types of computers and mobile devices that Skype customers use.
Real-Time Translation Software Demo (May 27, 2014)
Recorded at Code 2014 (via Re/Code)