Science fiction becomes reality: instant translation into all languages ​​is here – Futura

Universal communication, beyond languages, is an old dream of humanity. This artificial intelligence realizes this claim and at the same time reproduces the expression of the voice…

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Meta could definitely make history with Seamless…

Like in a science fiction film

Imagine the scene: you are in Peru, Shanghai or Gothenburg. You speak French normally and the person you are speaking to (who is wearing headphones) receives your words in their native language, in the form of expression you use.

That’s what Seamless achieves; something we usually see in science fiction films or novels: the instant translation of conversations. In over a hundred languages!

Two second delay

In reality, Seamless achieves this with a delay of two seconds – and even slightly less, if the official speech is to be believed. And there’s a bonus: the tone of voice is reproduced. Depending on whether you are whispering, expressing sadness or anger, Seamless tries to reproduce the same impression. In short, your interviewer will pick up on the language you used.

A demo accessible online

The version of Seamless that is used in everyday life is not yet available – but is planned for 2024. However, a demo of Expressive mode is accessible at this address: Seamless Expressive. You need to activate your webcam and microphone and then express yourself in the mode of your choice. Upon arrival you will receive your video in English, Spanish or German. We ran various tests and what can we say… Seamless reproduced our expressions quite well, although progress is still possible. You can even have fun sending texts at full speed, and you’ll find that Seamless is up to the challenge. Note that the tool also allows you to listen to the “expressionless” representation to better assess its performance. And obviously the difference is remarkable!


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