800M Facebook users see automatic language translation each month

Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook’s mission of connecting the world across language barriers. Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day. Facebook can translate across 40 different languages in 1800 directions like French to English. And 800 million users, almost half of all Facebook users, see translations each month.Alan Packer, Facebook’s Director of Engineering for language technology, revealed this progress today at MIT’s Emtech Digital conference in San Francisco. The conference has a big focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other cutting edge ways to parse data. Earlier, Pinterest’s head of product Jack Chou revealed that just six months after launching its visual search feature, Pinterest sees 130 million visual searches every month. The product was built by a small team of four, and allows people to…

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