Translating sign language puts an additional level of complexity over spoken and written languages. SignAll, the Budapest-base startup, has taken up the challenge.
This long-running project is a sobering reminder of both the possibilities and limitations of technology. True, automatic translation of sign language is a goal only just becoming possible with advances in computer vision, machine learning, and imaging. But unlike many other translation or CV tasks, it requires a great deal of human input at every step, not just to achieve basic accuracy, but to ensure the humanitarian aspects are present, as well.
Without fan-based translation of manga and anime, those wouldn’t be available to many. But capitalizing on those translations leads to copyright infringements and costs Japan billions annually.
[…] Japanese police are coming down hard on a supposed underground ring that’s working to translate and post Japanese content on social media for free, which […] is costing billions of dollars for Japan and the companies that create this media.