Now that #workfromhome is a global phenomenon, Zoom calls have become a daily occurrence. As did our struggles to communicate with foreign colleagues or business partners. The company knows it best so it decided to cut us some slack by acquiring an AI company that could help with that.
Zoom announced it had acquired AI company Kites (short for Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions) which specializes in real-time translation and transcriptions software. The objective is clear as day: Zoom wants to allow people who speak different languages to understand each other on their app.
Kites developed technology to help with in-class lessons that were taught in English or German. By acquiring them, Zoom hopes to extend their real-time transcription beyond English and increase the accuracy of its current program.
To do so, Zoom is apparently willing to go the extra mile. The company is considering opening a research center in Germany, where Kites is based.
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