Google’s various products, such as Search and Assistant, are already available in India in multiple local languages. The company is now turning to a new AI to potentially make more of its offerings accessible to Indic language speakers — more specifically, it’s using a technology called MuRIL.
At its virtual event today, the Big G unveiled a new language model called Multilingual Representations for Indian Languages (MuRIL). This is the first model to support interoperation between 16 different Indic languages.
That includes Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
While MuRIL is based on Google’s own BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) model, researchers claim it’s more efficient for Indian languages.