UPDATED 17:12 EDT / MAY 19 2009

Lost in Translation – Not With Google – Example of Cloud Computing Scale Advantages

Google Labs is announcing today that it is breaking down the language barrier by instantly translating Gmail messages that are not in the correct language according to Jeff Chin, Google Translate product manager.

Here is how it works:

If you receive a message in a language you don’t understand, Gmail will translate it into your language with just one click.

googtranslation

Google is talking about how useful it is in business.  More impressive is how this “shows off” cloud computing as an enabling platform – enabling Google to leverage its’ machine translation technology and deliver it rapidly to users.

With the power of cloud computing, this feature is available to all Gmail userswithout having to buy servers, install software, or write code to integrate translation into email applications. The cloud also makes possible our approach to machine translation in which thousands of computers process billions of words of monolingual and bilingual text to build statistical language and translation models.

The cloud has enabled us to not only achieve very good results with our approach but also to quickly scale to more than 40 languages in just a few years and support millions of users. In addition, we’re constantly working on improving translation quality and adding new languages, so Gmail instantly benefits whenever we update our translation system.

Love this direction.  The direction of the web automating itself to work for me – the user!  Oh yeah – we live in a global culture so having translation is key to accelerating the collaboration trends that we are seeing now.

This is a Google Labs launch so to get started, click on “Settings” within Gmail, then the “Labs” tab, and enable “Message Transation”.



A message from John Furrier, co-founder of SiliconANGLE:

Show your support for our mission by joining our Cube Club and Cube Event Community of experts. Join the community that includes Amazon Web Services and Amazon.com CEO Andy Jassy, Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and many more luminaries and experts.

Join Our Community 

Click here to join the free and open Startup Showcase event.

“TheCUBE is part of re:Invent, you know, you guys really are a part of the event and we really appreciate your coming here and I know people appreciate the content you create as well” – Andy Jassy

We really want to hear from you, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the event and in theCUBE Club.

Click here to join the free and open Startup Showcase event.