Google plans to add a live transcription feature to the latest Google Translate update. This feature allows users to record audio in one language and have it rendered to another language in real-time. Google gave a demonstration of this technology along with a series of other artificial intelligence demos at its San Francisco office.
The service is still in its testing stage as Google says there are many more developments to be made regarding this concept. Google says that to access this feature, users will likely need an internet connection. This is due to the real-time nature of the translation process that, Google claims to be, much more complex in nature as compared to simply translating written text from one language to another.
Google says that its transcription feature is constantly analysing the whole sentences as the audio is ongoing. It will not work with native audio files initially, it will have to work with live audio captured through a smartphone microphone. However, Google says that you can mimic the same by playing recorded audio files through a speaker and capture it from your phone.
Google hasn’t given us a concrete timeline regarding its official release as the feature is now in its prototype stage. The company is just saying that the feature would be released at some point in the near future. This feature could be incredibly useful for people struggling to adapt to new places with the language barriers put in place. It would allow people to communicate seamlessly with other people without having the delay of inputting information one at a time. This technology, if executed properly, could show tremendous potential for the future on how we can communicate with other people.