Monthly:January 2017

Lost in Translation no more with Word Lens in Japanese

If you don’t speak Japanese, Tokyo can be a confusing and sometimes daunting place to visit. Even if you make it through the complex subway system, you’ll be faced by street signs, menus or products on supermarket shelves that are only in Japanese. 

With Word Lens now available in Japanese, you’ll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn’t normally eat. 

The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of Japanese text and get a translation for it in English. But it’s a whole lot more convenient if you can just point your camera and instantly translate text on the go. With Word Lens, you just need to fire up the Translate app, point your camera at the Japanese text, and the English translations will appear overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection. It’s every savvy traveller’s dream! 

Google Translate: Cash only

To turn your smartphone into a powerful instant translation tool for English to Japanese (and vice versa), all you need to do is download the Google Translate app, either on Android or iOS

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Our collaborations with academia to advance the field of AI

When I was studying in the mid-90s as an undergraduate, there was very little active engagement between the academic communities pushing the boundaries of maths and science, and the industries that many students ended up going into, such as finance. This struck me as a missed opportunity. While private institutions benefited from the technological advances being driven by university researchers, the subsequent breakthroughs they made were rarely shared for mutual benefit between the two.Read More

DeepMind’s work in 2016: a round-up

In a world of fiercely complex, emergent, and hard-to-master systems – from our climate to the diseases we strive to conquer – we believe that intelligent programs will help unearth new scientific knowledge that we can use for social benefit. To achieve this, we believe well need general-purpose learning systems that are capable of developing their own understanding of a problem from scratch, and of using this to identify patterns and breakthroughs that we might otherwise miss. This is the focus of our long-term research mission at DeepMind.Read More