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CityPress - - News - GARRETH VAN NIEKERK garreth.van­niek­erk@city­press.co.za

This week Google South Africa an­nounced ma­jor up­grades to its Google Trans­late func­tion – used in 103 lan­guages by more than 500 mil­lion users world­wide. For the first time since Google be­gan in 1998, the Google Trans­late app will now in­clude full isiZulu, isiXhosa and Kiswahili trans­la­tion func­tion­al­ity. “Ma­chine learn­ing”, Google’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence team ex­plained, is also be­ing used to dras­ti­cally im­prove ex­ist­ing Google search ser­vices.

The ma­jor an­nounce­ment, slipped in quite ca­su­ally at a press con­fer­ence held at Google’s lo­cal head­quar­ters in Jo­han­nes­burg, was in­cluded in an ex­pla­na­tion of ma­chine learn­ing by Blaise Aguera y Ar­cas, prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist for ma­chine learn­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence at

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