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Google’s Next AI Move: Teaching Foreign Languages

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai last month previewed an artificial intelligence model that he said would enable people to have open-ended conversations with technology. But current and former employees who have worked with the language model say enabling coherent, free-flowing and accurate dialogue between humans and technology remains a tall order.

As a result, Google is taking a more incremental step in conversational AI by preparing to teach foreign languages through Google Search, according to people involved in the work. The project, referred to internally as Tivoli, grew out of its Google Research unit and is likely to be rolled out later this year.

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