Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of Amazon has been developing a translation service for making websites and apps available in multiple languages. Amazon work floor already consists of machine translation technology for activities like providing product info in various languages. Now they are making it available through Amazon Web Services. It might be announced before the annual AWS re:Invent conference in November, to be held in Las Vegas.
Other major cloud infrastructure providers like Microsoft and Alphabet provide translation services through Bing and Google Translator. Google was the first to release a language translation service in 2008 and now Facebook has also built its own machine translation technology.
AWS has been releasing services based on artificial intelligence for the last few months. Accordingly, a translation service is quite fitting in the aim to diversify the market presence of AWS, in the midst of the mainstream raw computing and storage resources.
Machine translation is a field that is being explored thoroughly in the last 2 years by the researchers who are constantly solicited by Deep Learning. Deep Learning is an AI with training software systems, or ‘neural networks’. These networks work on loads of data for making predictions about new data.
The switch of Google Translate from phrase-based system to neural machine translation among the Japanese became notably successful among the consumers straightaway. This led Google to add the neural system to its service for developers.
AWS provides more than 70 services, including apps for email and video conferencing. Companies like Unbabel, Gengo and Smartling that exclusively dependent on AWS for operations like human-powered translation services, will be on the toe to experience the new application interface for translations. The companies can also use the Mechanical Turk web service of Amazon for small tasks like translating sentences to a group of people.
Amazon declined to comment on their latest endeavor.