Filipina developer creates AI app to fight language extinction in the Philippines

Filipina developer creates AI app to fight language extinction in the PhilippinesFilipina developer creates AI app to fight language extinction in the Philippines
via Build Initiative, Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo
Ryan General
8 days ago
A Filipina developer is promoting language appreciation and fighting language extinction with an artificial intelligence (AI) platform called Night Owl GPT.
Key details:
  • Night Owl GPT translates and promotes Filipino languages, integrating cultural nuances for deeper understanding.
  • Creator Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo hopes the mobile app can help empower Filipinos to communicate in their native languages.
The details:
  • Lamentillo, 33, is a former government official currently studying at the London School of Economics (LSE). She also serves as the Chief Future Officer of nonprofit Build Initiative Foundation Inc.
  • The Philippines has over 170 languages, but many face endangerment due to factors like globalization and dominance of Filipino, a standardized variety of Tagalog.
  • Night Owl GPT was incubated under LSE Generate and built under Lamentillo’s organization. It provides accurate, real-time translations, supporting major languages like Tagalog, Cebuano and Ilocano.
  • The app also incorporates cultural insights for inclusive communication across Filipino communities. It works without an internet connection, making it accessible in remote or underserved areas.
  • Lamentillo believes every Filipino voice deserves to be heard. With her platform, she hopes to connect Filipinos with their roots and help them discover a deeper appreciation for their culture and native languages.
What’s next:
  • Lamentillo is committed to include all 175 languages in the Philippines in future updates.
 
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