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Google Translate can create wars!!!

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We all use the Internet and the tools gifted from it. And, many of us have used “Google Translator”. But did you ever imagine that it can create conflicts? Actually, it can’t create such, solely by itself, but with human intervention? Yeah possible!

Due to the ignorance and carelessness of SOME people, even google translator can become a threat!

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Technology is there to help people and make their lives easy. However if someone manipulates its original purpose and abuse it, then that will cause many problems. That’s what exactly happened with Google Translator.

Do you remember how the translations happen in good old days when there are no systems build for that? Well, there’ll be the human translator who is familiar with several languages. This person knows so many words, grammar rules, language structure and uses this info to deliver a meaningful sentence in another language. Computers are not intelligent like humans, so even though we feed the structure of a language and other info, it couldn’t give the exact translation that might be given by a professional human translator.

How Google Translate did it?

However, Google found a way to reduce this gap and their initial method they used an algorithm to directly learn the mapping between an input sequence (e.g. a sentence in one language) to an output sequence (that same sentence in another language) and this method is known as Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs). Then they improved it to Phrase-Based Machine Translation (PBMT) which breaks an input sentence into words and phrases to be translated largely independently. Still, these methods weren’t enough to give the natural instinct of the language.

Therefore in most cases, the translation given by old systems lacked the live nature of it.

Recently, Google came up with a new method called Neural Machine Translation (NMT) which considers the entire input sentence as a unit for translation. This method is more successful and the translations are usually more accurate and understandable since it sounds closer to the way people speak the language. As a result of the steady improvement, it’s producing far fewer of those hilarious “Google Translate Fails.”

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So what went wrong?

The mechanism they used to build this method has a vulnerability that can be exploited by the wrongdoers. The NMT use previous translations for better and more natural translations.
Besides, when a user searches for a particular phrase, it learns the patterns of words with the corresponding meaning so when each time a user search for something, it learns and improves itself. This simply means it is open for users to suggest the translations on their own.

Did you see the loophole?

That is how to Google translate ended up with translating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s title “Supreme Leader” into “Mr. Squidward,” a character from the SpongeBob Squarepants cartoon.

In a similar situation last year, google translator repeatedly translated “Rossiyskaya Federatsiya” (Russia’s official name in Russian) into Ukrainian as “Mordor” and the Russian foreign minister’s last name, “Lavrov” as “sad little horse

Google said it was just a glitch but that seemed to be alive for a considerable time.

In another similar situation, some folks have played around the lorem ipsum quote and translated it into a completely irrelevant message. See this,

Lorem ipsum dolor sit
lorem ipsum ips
lorem ipsum lor
lorem ipsum lo
lorem ipsum lorem
lorem ipsum amat
Lorem Ipsum

… translated into this:

Our goal is to
vehicle dimensions
Free of pain
China, elsewhere
Free Internet
China loves
NATO

No joking, it’s not good to mess with people who deal with nuclear power or have political background!!

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Also, these translation errors can lead to political consequences which can lead to penalties or even to warfare.

Sometimes these misunderstandings can be dramatic too. For instance, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s words at a Moscow reception addressed to the capitalist West — “My vas pokhoronim” — was translated literally as “We will bury you,” and interpreted as a threat.

Khrushchev meant the Communist system would outlive the capitalist one. Furthermore, in a similar situation, President Donald Trump decided that Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him “brilliant” or “a genius,” though the original Russian — “yarkiy” — merely means “colorful.”

However if anybody out for fun could change the North Korean dictator into Squidward, Russia into Mordor and a minister into a sad horse then this is a real problem. But remember although this is a vulnerability of the tool; don’t forget the usefulness of it. Also, people who misuse it are messing up an invaluable service that took years to build.

Finally, it is said bad is never good until the worse happens…. So it’s everyone’s responsibility to use any web tool with caution, to avoid drastic consequences in the future.

Source : Bloomberg

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අද කාලෙ අපි Internet ගියොත් ලස්සන websites දකින්න පුළුවන්. මේව ලස්සනට හදල ගන්න ගොඩක් මහන්සි වෙන්න ඕන. හැබැයි ඒවා නිර්මාණය කරන්න භාවිතා කරන්න පුළුවන් tools ගැන හොඳ අවබෝධයක් තියෙනව නම් වෙන්න ඕන මහන්සියේ ප්‍රමාණය අඩු කරගන්න පුළුවන්. Website එකක් ගත්තොත් අපිට ඒකෙ front-end හා back-end කියල development stages දෙකක් හඳුනාගන්න පුළුවන්. මේ article එකෙන් front-end එක develop කරන්න ඕන හොඳ tools ගැන තමයි කියන්න යන්නෙ.

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Ransomware is a kind of malware which prevents you from accessing your system or files. It forces you to pay a ransom via online to get a decrypt key. A ransomware are called a cryptovirus, cryptotrojan or cryptoworm.

Ransomware Infection

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  • Delivered as an attachment from spammed email.
  • Downloaded through malvertisements.
  • Dropped by exploit kits.

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5 Things Emerging Ecommerce Businesses can learn from EBay

It is bit of a complicated process when we decide to have a business. Although this is a good change, to have own name and enterprise identification, but you cannot just start a name without any research or effort. You have to demonstrate your dedication towards the work and you have to be bit proactive.

We learn from others. Even if we are thinking of an online business, we have to get an insight of how the previously successful entities are working. EBay is the prime name that has built a firm fame years ago. It is still one of the victorious online shopping portals worldwide. It is a fine resource of knowledge for newbies who are interested in having a new name in marketing domain.

Following five essential points are actually the learning barriers that should be crossed by emerging ecommerce businesses from EBay.

Remarkable and efficient website

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Ecommerce websites such as Kaymu, Shopping, wow and takas are surely the key to success for the modern business units. This is because everyone in this world has become so obsessed with the internet that either to watch movie or do the office work, the online services are preferred. And also the people nowadays are so busy that they hardly go to the shopping stores so the online portals are much easier way to shop their needs. If the website is properly built with detailed product features and images of sharp quality then more and more customers will be attracted towards the merchandises and hence the business will be boosted. The official website of EBay also has these qualities due to which it is facing the remarkable success factors.

Quality of posted content

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Everyone knows how brilliantly the content of EBay is managed and illustrated on the official website. This marketplace does the digital marketing in quite a well way by the support of text content of good vocabulary and delivery of easy message. This effortless approach is making this portal the best site for learning onsite marketing and organization of images and messages online. Any of the emerging business units should follow this rule to access a huge range of buyers.

Faster delivery means

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The time consumed in the consignment of the product matters a lot. When a customer places an order, he or she requires a fast service to get the targeted product as soon as possible. When the product is delayed, the buyer loses the trust and ultimately never prefers to deal with the respective marketplace again. EBay now follows the new means for faster delivery services which is good lesson for the newbies.

Value of feedback

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Feedback is actually the response of buyers after dealing with a particular online platform, although many companies underestimate this point but EBay highly values it. This portal has also dedicated one web page to the instructions and benefits of giving the feedback. Once the team gets the feedback, it starts on focusing on the good aspects and also the requirements for improvement.

Finest customer service

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Sublime customer service is the worthwhile point in the emerging ecommerce trends. When you will friendly respond the purchaser, he or she will love to interact with you again and again. In this way, they will get more insight about the amenities and there will be more sale of products. This is the essential policy of EBay which is an apt point for every new business.

If you are thinking of stimulating your life, then it is good to make EBay your ideal. Ponder on the above steps and learn that benefits you.