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2022-01-10
by savita.gauchan

Developing Equitable and Fair Learning Products: A Discussion of Ethical AI in EdTech at the ATP EdTech and Computational Psychometrics Summit

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The 2021 edition of the ATP EdTech and Computational Psychometrics Summit (ECPS) took place virtually on December 8th and 9th, 2021. On December 8, in the course of a session titled “Developing Equitable and Fair Learning Products: A Discussion of Ethical AI in EdTech”, leaders …

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2021-11-18
by savita.gauchan

In South Africa a new AI-based project offers the opportunity for a large corpus of scientific terms to be translated into six indigenous languages

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Language really matters when it comes to scientific communication and education. How can you have conversations about science when the scientific terms you wish to talk about do not exist in your own language? Sibusiso Biyela is a science communicator and journalist from South Africa, …

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2021-11-16
by savita.gauchan

New Google Cloud service allows you to translate documents while preserving the formatting

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Google Cloud has recently announced the general availability of Document Translation, a new feature of Translation API Advanced, that lets you translate documents in formats such as Docx, PPTx, XLSx, and PDF while preserving document formatting. This includes right-to-left language support for PDFs, preservation of …

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2021-07-28
by savita.gauchan

Google AI Introduces A Dataset for Studying Gender Bias in Machine Translation

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village A recent Google AI blog post on the topic of gender bias in machine translation reports an ambitious but sensible endeavour: the creation of a dataset based on translated Wikipedia biographies. The aim of this dataset is to analyze common gender errors in machine translation. …

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2021-05-31
by savita.gauchan

Deepfake lip syncing technology could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Dubbing or subtitles, which is better? § An age-old debate came back to the forefront in 2020 with the Oscar win for the South Korean film “Parasite”, where, at the awards ceremony, director Bong Joon-ho made a strong case for subtitles. “Once you overcome the …

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2021-01-31
by savita.gauchan

Translations of low-resource languages can now be monetized and contribute to language survival

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Adéṣínà Ayẹni is a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, anthropological researcher and translator. Yorùbá is a language spoken in West Africa, mostly in the South-West, by ethnic Yorùbá people. Despite having an estimated 45-55 m speakers, it is still a low-resource language. Over the …

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2020-07-23
by savita.gauchan

“Fabricius”, Google’s new AI tool, unravels the symbols of Ancient Egypt

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Google launched “Fabricius”, a web based AI tool to let users interact with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, on July 16, 2020, to coincide with the anniversary of the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta stone was the first Ancient Egyptian bilingual text (Egyptian/Ancient Greek) to be recovered in …

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2020-07-21
by savita.gauchan

OpenAI’s latest language-generating AI is now out, and it is mindboggling

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Over the past few days the internet has been abuzz with talk about GPT-3, OpenAI’s newest AI language model. GPT-3’s predecessor, GPT-2, released in 2019, was already able to produce convincing streams of text in a range of different styles when prompted with an opening …

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2020-07-21
by savita.gauchan

On-Demand Webinar | Garbage in, garbage out: feed AI translatable items

Garbage in, garbage out:  feed AI translatable items Speaker – Steve Dept, Founder & CEO Recorded on July 15, 2020 | Duration: 15 minutes On a daily basis, we hear and read about the threats and opportunities that come with new advances in AI. In the field of translation, the advances are real, the opportunities are …

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neural machine translation
2020-04-14
by savita.gauchan

Should professional translators shun machine translation?

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO Beyond the AI hype and controversial reports about automatic translation achieving parity with human translation, neural machine translation (NMT) has undoubtedly made spectacular progress in the last three years. Should professional translators resist or should they use it? Machine translation software has been around for a long time. In the …

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global skills
2020-03-11
by savita.gauchan

The EU’s “Digital Education Action Plan” is currently being updated to address the growing global skills challenge

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The 2018 “Digital Education Action Plan” is the last in a long series of initiatives taken by the EU in the field of digital education. It warns of the persistent divide between and within EU Member States, in particular regarding digital infrastructure and skills, all …

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2020-03-03
by savita.gauchan

Activists are fighting facial recognition AI with face paint. They use cubist-inspired designs to foil algorithms

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village An article in the Moscow Times reports that Russian activists were arrested in February for holding a “face paint protest” against facial recognition technology. The Telegram-based campaign, called Sledui (Follow), advised followers to paint their faces with bright, asymmetric patterns and thick black marks to …

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