Google is building AI model to counter the Microsoft – ChatGPT duo. The Tech giant has shared the progress made on the Universal Speech Model (USM) that it announced in November last year, as the AI war heats up.
Part of an ambitious plan to support the world’s most spoken languages, USM is a state-of-the-art family of speech models with 2 billion parameters trained on 12 million hours of speech, 28 billion sentences of text spanning more than 300 languages.
While it hasn’t reached the goal of 1,000 languages, it is an important foundation for Google as it competes with Microsoft-backed ChatGPT. Google is building AI model not just to compete with Microsoft. It is more about much needed upgrade for Google search.
Google uses USM to generate live captions for videos on YouTube, and the search giant says that it can not only recognise “widely-spoken languages like English and Mandarin” but also “under-resourced languages like Amharic, Cebuano, Assamese, and Azerbaijani to name a few”.
While it has not quite reached its goal of 1,000 languages yet, the building blocks will serve as a foundation to build an even bigger language model.
“The development of USM is a critical effort towards realizing Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible,” wrote Google in the blog post.