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Shelly Palmer - A Universal Translator: Meta's SeamlessM4T

SASKTODAY's newest columnist, Shelly Palmer has been named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” and writes a popular daily business blog.

Meta has introduced a multilingual, multimodal, codeswitching, translation, transcription AI model.


It's a universal translator. SeamlessM4T stands out with its capability to understand and translate both speech and text across nearly 100 languages. A unique feature is its adeptness at detecting codeswitching, where users switch languages mid-sentence.

Diverging from traditional systems, SeamlessM4T adopts a unified approach, streamlining the translation process by bypassing the need for intermediate models.

In a move that underscores their commitment to collaborative innovation, Meta has opted to release SeamlessM4T under a Creative Commons license, fostering a spirit of open-source development.

There are any number of translation engines out there; I'm looking forward to putting SeamlessMT4 through its paces.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit