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3 Countries Where Ping Pong is The Main Sport

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3 Countries Where Ping Pong is The Main Sport 3 Countries Where Ping Pong is The Main Sport[/caption] Whenever someone mentions ping pong to me, China comes to mind. Since the Beijing Olympics of 2008, China has emerged as a ‘proudly ping-pong’ nation which has only been quite evident even in later events and competitions. In fact, after winning all 6medals for both men and women for singles table tennis, the Olympic committee had to restructure some rules and hence limit each country to 2 players, instead of 3. You’ll be surprised to learn that 4years later, China still carried 2gold medals and 2silvers – an impressive and dominance score yet to be met by any other country in this impressivesport. This fete would only hold trueyears later in the recent 2016 Rio Olympics as we had China securing both gold medals for male and female singles! Spoiler alert; I reallyhad to visitChina to understand the dominance. I’m afraid I have plans to move out to the East and try tomakea decent living there while I play my tennis – a story for another day, however. Right now, I’ll take you through a short ride as we get to check out some countries that also fancy ping pong as much as China and I do.3 Countries Where Ping Pong is The Main Sport

  1. South Korea
You know someone is in deep love when they trim down their pride a notch or two tocontain others. South Korea proved their love for the sport after teaming up with North Korea earlier on in the year to face it off with the champions – the Japanese. This fete was witnessed again in the 1991 world table tennis championships in Chiba, Japan. The dedication to ping-pongfrom the Asian countries is still a wonder to me even after spending a year and a half in theAsian world. It’s the same way you’ll never fully comprehend the relationship between a mother and child unless you are one.
  1. Germany
It all dates back to 1989 since the emergence of stars Jorg Rosskopf and Steffen Fetzner. As Germans tasted their first championships medals in ping pong, something was born from the populace. A deep-rooteddesire to have more champions of the likes of Fetzner as the country embraced the sport. Ever since,the streets of Germany have been floggedwith ping pong tables and players hitting it off in some cold winter orinsunny summer. Kamil Calloway a ping pong table playersuggests Germans will soon hold 3consecutive medals in the 3coming Olympicchampionships – there’s room for debate as we watch out for the validity of that bet.3 Countries Where Ping Pong is The Main Sport
  1. Sweden
Planning to dethrone a reigning king requires not only tactical planning but also endurance and prior practice – remember they’re sitting on that throne out of experience. Sweden has not been afraid of letting their intentions known to one and all; they are the ones brave enough to admit their plans to have China take the bench as they take over the throne. Jan-Ove Waldner, the “Mozart of table tennis” has been at the frontline to ensure more victories for his motherland. Thisis just but one amongst thousands of players in Sweden who are infatuatedby the play.   America has not yet picked up the table tennis vibe like China and the other countries. That notwithstanding, there’s room for growth as the sport especially offers a wideplaying option to players. Thisis seenin the limited space required together with the flexibility mode of the game – not only can you play the doubles with your teammateas was the case with the Koreans, butyou can also play alone should you deem fit. What’s there not to fancy about ping pong really?  ]]>

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Meta’s AI AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

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“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.

 

Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

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