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Pop Sci has come up with an unusual take on Verner Vinge's concept of the Singularity whereby the acceleration of tech, particularly regarding AI, becomes so rapid, the notion of predicting how the future evolves becomes impossible, something not seriously considered to happen, if ever, for another 25+ years, a notion which no longer applies given how quickly AI is changing all disciplines requiring thought with specific emphasis given to the inherent difficulties of language translation, a skill exclusively reserved for humans, until now.
In the world of artificial intelligence, the idea of “singularity” looms large. This slippery concept describes the moment AI exceeds beyond human control and rapidly transforms society. The tricky thing about AI singularity (and why it borrows terminology from black hole physics) is that it’s enormously difficult to predict where it begins and nearly impossible to know what’s beyond this technological “event horizon.”
Many AI researchers believe that solving the language translation problem is the closest thing to producing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). This is because natural language is by far the most complex problem we have in AI. It requires accurate modeling of reality in order to work, more so than any other narrow AI. Thus, the evidence that Translated has provided regarding the closing of the gap between what expert human translators and an optimized machine translation (MT) system can produce is quite possibly the most compelling evidence of success at scale seen in both the MT and AI communities.