‘AINA’ is born, the project of the Government of the Generalitat to guarantee Catalan in the digital age

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The AINA project, which is put on available to the scientific and business community, will generate the digital and linguistic resources necessary to facilitate the development of voice assistants, machine translation engines or conversational agents in Catalan.

The Department of Digital Policies and Public Administration and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center have presented the AINA project to guarantee the survival and competitiveness of Catalan in the digital world with the help of artificial intelligence.

AINA will generate technological and linguistic resources for Catalan (corpora, language models, translation engines and speech recognizers) and will make them available to the scientific and business community in an open format to make companies in the sector profitable and attractive. its inclusion in services and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Language Technologies such as voice assistants, machine translators, conversational agents, etc.

The event, presented by the writer Màrius Serra, was chaired by the councilor of Digital Policies and Public Administration, Jordi Puigneró, with the participation of the associate director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Josep Maria Martorell, and the general director of Societat Digital, Joana Barbany.

The ultimate goal is for citizens to be able to participate in Catalan in the digital world at the same level as speakers of a global language, such as English, and thus prevent the digital extinction of the language.

The first resource generated is the ‘corpus’ of Catalan to train Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, the largest created to date, with 1,770 million metadata associated with words. The next step will be to generate language models, speech models and models for translation using multilayer neural networks.

The project has a budget of € 13.5 million, which will be funded by NextGenerationEU funds, and starts with an initial contribution of € 250,000 from the Department of Digital Policies

At the end of the order of interventions, attendees were able to attend a demonstration of the project. The act was possible follow virtually from Youtube's Digital Policies channel.

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