The application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is the next evolution of translation. Recently, Alexa Translations launched Alexa Translations A.I., a cutting-edge language technology powered by AI. In this brief Q&A, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kalaci and Chief Operating Officer Rob Cole explain how technology is changing the industry and how Alexa Translations A.I. is set to revolutionize translations for businesses and translators.
Why did Alexa Translations decide to use artificial intelligence?
Gary: Technology is moving at the speed of light, and machine learning and artificial intelligence is allowing us to take translation to the next level. We saw a need within the industry for high quality machine translation to help facilitate better, more efficient translations for our clients.
Although there are many free translation tools available on the market, the quality and accuracy of these tools is sub-par. In addition, many of our clients require high levels of security and confidentiality for translation of sensitive and highly complex legal and financial documents.
For these reasons, we developed a sophisticated, high-quality translation technology to meet the evolving needs of the industry and our clients.
How does Alexa Translations A.I. work?
Rob: The patent pending technology is powered by multiple layers of deep and machine learning artificial intelligence, allowing the machine to provide better translation results and continuously learn and improve.
Specifically, the machine uses neural technology. These neural networks to learn from high-quality data, for example, a sophisticated translation of a legal document. Once the machines are trained, the technology can produce a highly accurate translation result in milliseconds.
Is this technology meant to replace human translators?
Gary: Absolutely not. The technology is used to enhance the role of professional translators by pre-translating large and complex documents, to help increase speed and efficiency.
The machine can translate hundreds of documents within a very short time, which gives our translators more time to edit and review a quality draft and leverage their expertise to perfect the final product.
What are some of the key benefits of Alexa Translations A.I.?
Gary: It allows our clients to get content to market much faster, because the technology increases speed and efficiency of our team of professional translators. It’s also the first tool of its kind dedicated specifically to the French-Canadian market.
The tool is trained specifically for the legal and financial sectors, which allows it to translate complex terminology and language specific to these industries.
Rob: The benefits for in-house translation teams include the ability to use the machine to pre-translate large and complex documents, saving them time and resources. Because the machine is trained specifically for the legal and financial industries, the resulting translation is of exceptional quality and accuracy, allowing the translator to post edit the final document based on their expertise. Our standard API practices allows for the option to integrate directly with client software providing a seamless integration that improves not replaces their current workflow.
Is the tool only available for clients in the legal and financial markets?
Rob: Our baseline model is specifically trained for the legal and financial markets; however, the beauty of this technology is that we can adapt it to other languages or sectors.
We can also customize this initial offering to output results that more closely adhere to a company’s preferences. We do this by taking our baseline model and feeding the machine with weighted data and documents specific to the client, in order to capture the organization’s tone, terminology and key wording.
How is Alexa Translations A.I. different from free translation tools?
Rob: The technology is different from free tools in several ways. The first is regarding quality – Alexa Translations A.I. technology stack is trained using high-quality human datawhich is industry and sector specific, teaching it to produce sophisticated, quality translation.
Secondly, the software is secure and confidential and clients who use Alexa Translations A.I. have full ownership of any data supplied to train a custom AI language model. Unlike free tools, the machine does not store translation requests and the text submitted is immediately destroyed.
Finally, we can also adapt our machine to match a client’s specific needs, which is not offered by any of the free translation tools on the market.
To learn more about Alexa Translations A.I., contact firstname.lastname@example.org.