Meta has unveiled a new version of its artificial intelligence “No Language Left Behind” (NLLB) which is said to be able to translate 200 languages in real time. The new version is called NLLB-200. According to Meta, NLLB-200 supports multiple languages that are not usually available for real-time translations. It is said, among other things, that only around 25 African languages in many translation tools, while NLLB-200 supports 55 African languages.
Facebook plans to use NLLB-200 to translate posts on its various services in real time. It is believed that AI could be used to translate around 25 billion posts a day on Facebook, Instagram and other Meta platforms. In addition to using the NLLB-200 itself, Meta plans to release the AI as an open source for other companies, organizations and individuals who would be interested in it. Metas CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in a comment:
“We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modeling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world.”
Here above is a clip from Meta where there is a little more talk about NLLB.