- Google is reportedly working on a foreign language teaching service.
- The project is called Tivoli internally and is supposed to work via Google search.
- It is believed that the service could launch later this year.
Google has made many advancements over the years in AI and natural language processing, with services like Google Assistant and call screening using these intelligences. The company has also established Google Translate as one of the go-to services for language translation.
Now, Information reports (h/t: MySmartPrice) that Google is working on a service that uses conversational AI to teach foreign languages through Google Search. The project is called Tivoli internally, according to outlet sources, and will likely launch later this year.
Development of Tivoli reportedly began two years ago using the Meena neural conversation model, which evolved into LaMDA (Language Model for Dialog Applications). Google demonstrated LaMDA at its I/O conference last month, with the model able to respond to more subtle conversation cues without having to just spit out facts.
Related: The 10 Best Language Learning Apps for Android
It’s believed that Tivoli will initially work via text, but employees are apparently trying to find ways to bring it to Google Assistant and YouTube. An example YouTube use case obtained by the outlet is that Tivoli would create language quizzes, with viewers checking in after watching a video. The AI would then process the recorded video to assess viewer performance.
InformationThe sources add that an AI-powered service that teaches new languages is a “practical but low-stakes use case” where minor mistakes are unlikely to have serious consequences.
Would you use a service like this over actual language lessons, apps like Duolingo, and other solutions? Let us know below.