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IBM Launches n.Fluent Translation Tool

IBM has designed new software that will shorten the communication barrier between people speaking different languages.

The new technology dubbed as n.Fluent is currently being used by IBM employees for translating text in English and eleven other languages.

The software which incidentally is a part of IBM’s internal crowdsourcing project is currently being used by its employees to translate Web pages, Electronic documents and text messages on smartphones.

The technology, when compared to the other free web based translation software scores high on security that might prove to be critical for businesses and technology enthusiasts alike.

The new technology currently offers support for languages like Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, French and Chinese (simple and traditional).

Participants of the IBM crowdsourcing project are now also in the process of developing DigicapE and Agora, language-based software.

David Lubensky, the IBM researcher managing n.Fluent development team, said that the business community needs to collaborate with the world to grow and n.Fluent is the tool tailored for this job.

The development team had reportedly crowdsourced almost 1.3 million words, that is, approximately 100,000 per business day.

It will be interesting to see whether IBM will launch the technology as a product or keep its usage limited to IBM employees.

Our Comments

Google has a slightly similar tool in the form of the "suggestion" box in its Google Translation service. IBM has one of the biggest patent portfolios in the world and it would be interesting if Big Blue could release more of these diverse but useful tools.

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