Translate ancient hieroglyphs with Google’s new AI-powered tool

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Translate ancient hieroglyphs with Google's new AI-powered tool

It’s been 221 years since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone—a key tool for deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs. To celebrate the anniversary, Google this week launched Fabricius, a new Arts & Culture tool that lets anyone play classical linguist. The feature uses machine learning to translate 4,000-year-old symbols into modern language via three “dedicated gateways:” learn, play, work.

Get started with a short course on the history of hieroglyphs, the writing system used by the ancient North African civilization. Try your hand at tracing, drawing, and identifying different symbols, each of which is instantly compared to more than 800 unique glyphs using Google’s machine learning platform Cloud Auto ML. Once you have an understanding of hieroglyphs—the ancient Egyptian equivalent of emojis—you can translate your own words and phrases into coded messages to share with friends and family. Read more…

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