One of the benefits of artificial intelligence is that it allows devices to perform increasingly complex tasks, without humans having to work hard to develop them. In the same way that calculators help us add without having to do the math, now the translators will help us communicate between different languages without learning them.
Google translator has been one of the most proficient in several dozen languages for years. It's a long way from having live conversations, of course. After announcing CES 2019 in the past, Google activates interpreter mode with instant translation to communicate between different languages on various devices, such as the Google Home Hub.
Although it is possible to activate it only in some languages - Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Japanese -, the system will translate between the following: SpanishCzech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
The first tests in this way do not seem very flattering. And it is that the usual errors of translation are added to the understanding of the words of the interlocutors and, as if that were not enough, those of understanding them. So I would not recommend this feature in conversations that are very relevant right now.
How to activate it
You need to make sure that the device – Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Home Hub – has the latest version of the software. A reboot of it should force this installation. The instructions are as simple as saying the magic words "Ok, Google" and then a command similar to the following:
- "Be my Italian interpreter."
- "Help me speak Spanish."
- "Interprete from Polish to Dutch."
- "Chinese interpreter."
- "Enable interpretation mode."
Finally, a command like "stop" or "exit" will suffice.