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  • Bill Gates says AI will fix climate change.

  • Google Translate now covers 110 new languages.

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Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and noted philanthropist, recently shared his insights on AI during an interview at the Breakthrough Energy Summit in London.

Gates believes AI will accelerate innovation, particularly in science and climate change, though its role in climate efforts has been modest so far.

AI aids in understanding complex scientific processes, like material science and fusion energy modelling, making these innovations easier.

Despite concerns about AI being used for nefarious purposes, Gates emphasises its positive potential in medicine, education, and climate change.

He urges vigilance to ensure AI is primarily used by people with good intentions to prevent misuse in cyber-attacks or political interference.

Here’s what he had to say:

  • AI will simplify and speed up innovation in science and climate change.

  • Ensuring AI is used ethically is crucial to prevent misuse.

  • AI will advance medicine, education, and climate change efforts, despite potential challenges.

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Gates highlights the need for laws against creating misleading content, such as fake videos, urging the public to question the authenticity of such media.

He remains optimistic about AI’s future, seeing its significant role in advancing medical science and education while pushing forward climate innovation.

Gates stresses the importance of using AI for good, acknowledging that while emerging technologies can be misused, they are often harnessed by teachers, doctors, and scientists to enhance their work.

However, AI could also be exploited for cyber attacks or political interference, so it’s essential to stay ahead in detecting and preventing such misuse.

He points out the issue of misinformation, noting that AI could be used to create fake videos.

He advises people to always question the source of such content and anticipates laws to penalise those who intentionally mislead others.

Despite potential risks, Gates remains hopeful, believing AI is a "wonderful technology" when used to benefit society.

He sees AI playing a crucial role in medical advancements, improving education, and accelerating solutions to climate challenges.

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Google Translate is adding 110 new languages, the platform's biggest expansion yet, currently covering nearly a tenth of the world's population.

This growth is driven by advancements in AI, specifically Google's PaLM 2 language model, which helps Translate learn closely related languages more efficiently.

Google's software engineer, Isaac Caswell, mentioned that the latest additions include languages close to Hindi, like Awadhi and Marwadi, and French Creoles like Seychellois Creole and Mauritian Creole.

Other languages include Afar, Cantonese, and Tamazight (Amazigh).

These additions represent over 614 million people, around 8% of the world's population, with a significant portion from Africa, making it the largest expansion of African languages on Google Translate.

Here are the latest updates:

  • 110 new languages added, covering 8% of the global population.

  • Largest addition of African languages to date.

  • Efficiently learn and combine regional dialects.

Currently covering nearly 10% of the world’s population

Google's language models create hybrid versions for languages with regional varieties and dialects, prioritising the most commonly used versions.

For example, Romani has many dialects throughout Europe.

Google's models produce text closest to Southern Vlax Romani but also mix in elements from other dialects like Northern Vlax and Balkan Romani.

In 2022, Google added 24 languages using Zero-Shot Machine Translation, where a model translates into another language without seeing an example.

The company also introduced the 1,000 Languages Initiative to support the world's most spoken languages.

As technology advances, Google plans to support even more language varieties and spelling conventions over time.

You can use Google Translate at translate.google.com, or via the Android and iOS mobile apps.

Google, like many tech companies, leverages AI to enhance its offerings. It's incorporated AI into platforms like Gmail, Search, and Messages, and made AI the primary focus of its I/O event in May.

Competitors like Apple and Microsoft have similarly woven AI into their products and services, with Apple recently unveiling a suite of "Apple Intelligence" updates for the iPhone.

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