Google I/O 2022 — the company’s annual developer conference — is underway just hours after Wednesday’s keynote event. During the event, Google announced extensive updates and improvements to its products and services, including Google Maps, Android, Google Workspace, Google Meet, YouTube, and Google Assistant. During the keynote, the company also announced that Google is adding support for 24 new languages ​​powered by machine learning. However, users pointed out that the company’s slides at the event had multiple errors for different languages.

During the event, a screen behind Google CEO Sundar Pichai listed some of the languages ​​added to Google Translate, thanks to the company’s machine learning (ML) technology, zero-shot machine translation. According to the company, the feature allows ML models to learn a new language without seeing a direct translation of it. Meanwhile, Twitter user Sam Ettinger (@DHhammarskjold) pointed out that languages ​​other than Latin or Cyrillic were incorrectly written on the screen. User Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) also shared a screenshot highlighting one of the bugs.

In an image annotated with a miswritten slide, Ettinger revealed that the word “Sudan dialect” is broken and the layout is left-to-right. On the other hand, the Saraiki language used in parts of Pakistan has broken letters and is written left to right on the slide. According to reports, the word “Marwari” is also displayed incorrectly on the screen, with nukta and the last vowel shifted to the right, while the vowel and accompanying h/k letters of the word “Lhasa Tibetan” are shifted to the right Far. Edinger.

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according to a Reply Another user, @rdorje_aabrug, pointed out in Ettinger’s post that visual glitches in one of the languages ​​could be due to the Noto Sans Tibetan font on Google Docs, which when Docs creates an image from a PDF’s font, causes stacks of consonants and Offset vowels, or slides during presentations. Users say that an indirect workaround for the problem of incorrectly displaying Tibetan fonts is to use a new font called Jomolhari instead of the default Google Noto Sans Tibetan font.

Google’s original slides from the keynote (left) and updated slides on its YouTube channel (right)
Image credit: YouTube/Google

Unfortunately, Google’s keynote at the event appears to be different from the slideshow that appeared during the event’s livestream, which was shared by users on Twitter. Instead, an updated screen is displayed with some changes. However, Advertisement Shout was able to confirm that the user-shared slides did appear during the live broadcast of the keynote, and not the slides that are currently available to users on Google’s YouTube channel.



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