In a conversation at the Structured Data conference in San Francisco (see the video below), senior fellow Jeff Dean says that his Google Brain team is trying to apply research from a 2014 paper to the real world. "We're working with translation team to see if we can scale this up to the production Translate product," he says. "I think we'll have some good results coming down the pipe there." He later told VentureBeat that the app may be updated to lean more on neural networks rather than the statistical translation and crowd-sourcing algorithms currently used.
Expect to see other product categories enhanced or completely changed by artificial intelligence in the near future. According to Dean, the science has accelerated dramatically in the last five years. "In the machine learning fields, people tend to put out their research almost immediately ... [and] within a week or two, you'll see improvements or enhancements of that work put out by another group." We're all for that, as long as someone lets us know when it becomes self-aware.