Decoding “Alien” Book – Voynich Manuscript: Impossible for Humans, Easy for AI

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For a long time, the scientists from all over the world had been trying to crack the unknown code of the Voynich Manuscript. See the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Alberta coming closer than anybody. 

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The Voynich Manuscript has been confusing cryptographers since the 15th-century, when the document was bought by a Polish book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, in 1912.

There are 240 pages in total, some of them are missing. The text is handwritten from left to right in an unknown language with illustrations or diagrams.

For centuries people had been trying to decode the unknown language. But, despite the bunch of attempts of world-famous cryptographers like Alan Turing, the key to the mysterious writing system remains unknown.

Source: The Atlantic

Greg Kondrak and Bradley Hauer have attempted to identify the code using AI technology that can understand 380 languages. They thought the manuscript was written in Arabic, but the analysis suggested it’s Hebrew.

“It turned out that over 80 percent of the words were in a Hebrew dictionary, but we didn’t know if they made sense together,” said Kondrak.

They don’t know Hebrew, so they asked a colleague, who is native Hebrew speaker to translate the first passage. He stated that the words were written incorrectly and removed the spelling mistakes.

Then they put it into the Google Translate and came up with a quite understandable sentence:

“She made recommendations to the priest, man of the house and me and people.”

The news was received sceptically by the well-known scientists, who spend their lives exploring the Voinich Manuscript:

Sure, some of the statements are doubtful and deserve critical responses, but still, it can be a major breakthrough in decoding the Voinich Manuscripts and other cyphers using AI.

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