Nelson Mandela is attributed with saying, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
There are more than 7,000 languages spoken around the globe with a multitude of local and regional dialects, of which at least 43% are endangered. It has been estimated that a language disappears completely every two weeks and along with them the culture and heritage begin to fade. Language diversity is diminishing, but innovative solutions using artificial intelligence (AI) technology can help preserve them.
In commemoration of the International Mother Language Day on February 21, which annually aims to promote language and cultural diversity, iFLYTEK hosted its first Mother Language Open Week from February 21-27.
The theme of the 2022 International Mother Language Day was “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities,” raising awareness of the role of technology in advancing multilingual education. The Mother Language Open Week was an opportunity for iFLYTEK to facilitate inclusiveness and the coexistence of different languages through its AI technologies.
iFLYTEK has made a series of breakthroughs in recent years in the development of multilingual intelligent speech and language technologies, which are crucial to achieving harmonious human-computer interaction. This innovative technology will also support interconnection among the Belt and Road Initiative countries.
At the Voice Conversion Challenge in 2020, iFLYTEK demonstrated that with its cross-language translation technology, users can smoothly communicate across language barriers. At the 2021 OpenASR Challenge the company showcased its strength in the voice recognition and translation field with its automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies for low-resource languages (languages with significantly less data available for AI technology use) and was awarded multiple prizes and accolades.
iFLYTEK’s intelligent speech and language technologies have been further utilized in its products including smart translators, recorders, and the smart conference system.
In its mission to provide the technology necessary for clear and impactful communication across cultural boundaries, iFLYTEK strives to embody Nelson Mandela’s lesson. By prioritizing a diverse set of language capabilities, iFLYTEK will be empowered to serve communities across the world.