New Scientist magazine interviewed Tilde CEO Andrejs Vasiļjevs on neural machine translation for its online edition. Published on November 30 in the "Daily News" section of the site, the article explores recent advances in neural MT and Artificial Intelligence at Google, New York University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and elsewere.
The article notes that Tilde is developing neural translation services between Latvian or Estonian and English.
In the interview, Andrejs Vasiļjevs explains that neural translation technology can already do a good job for simple texts. However, according to Vasiļjevs, "a good human translator understands the meaning of the source text, as well as its stylistic and lexical characteristics, and can use that knowledge to give a more accurate translation."
Therefore, Vasiļjevs concludes: “To match this human ability, we have to find a way to teach computers some basic world knowledge, as well as knowledge about the specific area of translation, and how to use this knowledge to interpret the text to be translated.”
UK-based New Scientist is one of the world's leading magazines, with a global audience of more than 3 million readers each week.