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African researchers purpose to rescue languages that Western tech ignores

African researchers aim to rescue languages that Western tech ignores

LAGOS, Nigeria — Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of information for answers to complex questions. At least, that is, so long as you speak English or another of the world’s dominant languages. But try talking to your phone in Yoruba, Igbo or any number … Read more

In Africa, rescuing the languages that Western tech ignores

In Africa, rescuing the languages that Western tech ignores

LAGOS, Nigeria —  Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of information for answers to complex questions. At least, that is, so long as you speak English or another of the world’s dominant languages. But try talking to your phone in Yoruba, Igbo or any number of … Read more

Democratising voice tech: IISc engaged on open supply tech in 9 languages; raises $2 million | India Information

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BENGLAURU: A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) working on open source voice technologies in Indian languages which can democratise technology and enable access to people across the spectrum has raised $2 million for the first phase of the project. The project is aimed at developing open voice datasets that can … Read more

Tech that preserves languages and cultures

Tech that preserves languages and cultures

In Cherokee, a Native American language, no word exists to say “goodbye” (“I’ll see you again” comes closest). But the delight experienced when looking at an indescribably cute kitten or human baby has its own special word: oo-kah-huh-sdee. The world’s estimated 7,000 languages are precious vessels that hold unique cultural and historical knowledge. But as … Read more

This retail tech startup is constructing a ‘Shopify’ in Indian languages to assist MSMEs launch digital shops

This retail tech startup is building a ‘Shopify’ in Indian languages to help MSMEs launch digital stores

IIT-Roorkee alumni Amit Kumar and Indar Kriplani believed that “Bharat was adopting technology fast because customers wanted the comfort of online shopping”. This trend was, of course, accentuated by the pandemic in 2020, which forced offline businesses to go digital in order to survive. The big ones managed to make a smooth transition, while the small … Read more