Google caption technology goes to PBS videos on YouTube

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PBS is part of Google’s new initiative to make millions of videos on YouTube accessible to deaf and hearing-impaired users. The search engine company unveiled new technologies on Thursday that will automatically bring text captions to the videos, reports the New York Times. The technology captions only English, but users may take advantage of Google’s automatic translation system to read in 51 languages. Initially YouTube is focusing on providing captions for educational channels such as PBS and National Geographic, and videos from universities including Stanford, Yale, Duke, Columbia and MIT. More will come later.

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