Microsoft believes its AI is able to translate Chinese as well as a human translator.
The company says the development represents a “major milestone” and was achieved by regularly feeding the AI with news stories often used across the AI industry for testing purposes.
Microsoft claims its AI translated the articles to the same level as two human bilingual translators.
The researchers aimed to replicate the ‘trial and error’ approach to how humans learn. With this in mind, the AI translated around 2,000 sentences from Chinese to English, and then back to Chinese to understand whether it was still logical.
A technique called ‘deliberation’ was then implemented to enable the AI to edit its translations, as a human translator would, to make the most sense. The AI compares translations by reading both from left to right, and right to left.