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META INTRODUCES SEAMLESSM4T

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META INTRODUCES SEAMLESSM4T

23.08.2023 |

Meta has introduced SeamlessM4T, the first universal multimodal and multilingual translation model with artificial intelligence that allows users to communicate across language barriers. SeamlessM4T is currently available to researchers and developers under the appropriate license. The metadata of SeamlessAlign, the largest open-source multimodal translation dataset with 270,000 hours of learned speech, has also been published.

Creating a universal language translator is no easy task, and current speech-to-text and text-to-speech systems cover only a small fraction of the world’s languages. Building on the achievements of researchers around the world who have been striving for many years to create a universal translator, SeamlessM4T uses a unified systems approach to increase the efficiency and quality of translations by reducing errors and delays compared to segmented model methods. It leverages learnings from these efforts to provide multilingual and multimodal translation through a unified model built from disparate oral data sources, yielding state-of-the-art results. SeamlessM4T supports:

  • Speech recognition in almost 100 languages;
  • Speech-to-text conversion for nearly 100 input and output languages;
  • Speech-to-text conversion supporting nearly 100 input languages and 36 output languages;
  • Text-to-speech translation for nearly 100 languages;
  • Text-to-speech, supporting nearly 100 input languages and 35 output languages.

SeamlessM4T marks a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence technology that bridges language gaps and facilitates connection and communication between people speaking different languages.

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OPENAI ALLOWED COMPANIES TO RETROFIT GPT-3.5 TURBO WITH THEIR OWN DATA

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OPENAI ALLOWED COMPANIES TO RETROFIT GPT-3.5 TURBO WITH THEIR OWN DATA

23.08.2023 |

Companies using the language model of the GT-3.5 Turbo family can now adapt it to their needs by entering their own selected data. As a result, this customised model can match or even exceed the ability of the GPT-4 to perform highly specialised tasks.

Since the release of the TURBO family of AI models in the beginning of the year, developers and companies have been pushing to have the ability to customise the model so that it can more fully meet user requirements. For example, to create a unique chatbot to help clients by communicating with them in a certain language or in a certain way. Until now, only the GPT-3 like dаvіnсі-002 and bаbbаgе-002 models offered similar capabilities, writes Thе Vеrgе.

The advantages of this customisation include increased manageability of the model (the model follows the inputs much better); reliable formatting of the output ( when responses have to be provided in a certain format); customisation of the tone, including imitation of the brand voice, for example for advertisement or internal communications. For IT companies, the GPT-3.5 Turbo model offers the possibility for Al to create a routine voiceover or to format and finalise different fragments of a voiceover.

The GPT-3.5 Turbo model family can process up to 4,000 characters simultaneously, which according to OpenAl is twice as many as previous models. Tests show that after fine-tuning using the company’s data, the beacons became up to 90% faster.

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THE IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO LEAD IN WAGE GROWTH IN BULGARIA

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THE IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO LEAD IN WAGE GROWTH IN BULGARIA

21.08.2023 |

Tack TMI Bulgaria’s 2023 Compensation and Benefits Survey of the Bulgarian market covers over 115,000 employees and over 1,000 positions. Again this year the leader is the IT sector. Serious competition for highly skilled professionals leads to steady salary growth.

The survey gathers information from 350 companies from various sectors of the economy, with a particularly strong representation from the high-tech, outsourcing, manufacturing, hotels, banks and financial institutions sectors. Participants include some of the largest and most influential employers both domestically (25%) and internationally (75%).

The demographic situation, the lack of skilled labour and the need for specialised professionals emerge as key factors for the future growth of wages in Bulgaria in the long term, analysts point out.Wages in the country continue to grow, albeit at a more moderate pace compared to previous years, with many other factors influencing wages. 

While Bulgaria is not among the countries whose companies are implementing the most interesting practices – such as providing free home delivery of food products, pet walking for employees on sick leave and the like – the trend of increasing wages and expanding the benefits package remains relevant, the survey reports.

Companies across all sectors are becoming more inventive in expanding the benefits package for their employees, it said. Some of the benefits that employees can receive at employers across the country in the past two years include taking care of employees’ mental health, providing funds to purchase home office equipment or covering the cost of the internet.

63% of employees in the tech sector want to work hybrid, and 27% say they prefer fully remote positions. The platform’s statistics report that post-pandemic, remote working remains the preferred mode of work, with only 8% of IT professionals wanting to return to offices. The trend is even increasing and telecommuting positions have been actively sought in recent months.

Since the beginning of the month, the most in-demand remote positions are for software developers, with Backend Development being the most preferred segment by candidates. According to the platform, it leads convincingly with nearly 40% of all remote job searches.

Python is the language preferred by professionals to program in with 32% of all searches. While the more mainstream ones like Java, .NET and PHP, for which more specialists are sought and hence more number of remote job listings are available, lag behind.

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