Published in FM. Google has a vision to use artificial intelligence to make it easier to do basic things and deal with physical limitations.
“I have a peanut allergy and it is life-threatening,” is what you are trying to convey to your French waiter.
“Je ne comprends pas,” is the response.
Things could go horribly wrong. But artificial intelligence (AI) can come to your rescue.
Last week Google’s AI gurus unveiled a feature that will delight frequent travellers. Using Google Assistant, Google now offers an interpreter mode that has the ability to provide real-time translation.
Speak or type a sentence to your phone, and the assistant will dish up an instant translation. It works with 44 languages.
To trigger the interpreter mode, use the command: “Hey Google, be my French translator.” Start speaking, and you’ll see the translated conversation appear on your device.
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