At the recent MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference, Baidu showcased the newest in its AI tech line and shocked audiences with its impressive Baidu pocket translator. Baidu has long been investing in AI research, but this latest showcase really shows just how far the company has come. The Baidu pocket translator was shown off in a live demo on stage and was quite capable in facilitating a conversation between and English speaker and a Mandarin speaker. The gadget is able to translate these conversation thanks to Baidu's deep-learning neural networks: Which also happens to be the same technology that powers Google's machine translation and voice-recognition technology.
The Baidu pocket translator has reportedly been available since December of 2017, but as of now it can only be leased at travel agencies and airports in China. The gadget can currently translate English, Chinese and Japanese, but more languages will be added in the future.