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Israeli experts have developed an AI system that can translate ancient cuneiform texts

By: April Carson



A program has been developed by Israeli experts that can translate an ancient language written in cuneiform characters into English accurately and automatically. The language was previously difficult to decipher. Using advanced algorithms and techniques, the AI system can understand this ancient writing. The program has been tested on a range of different cuneiform texts and has proven to be successful in accurately translating them into English.


An artificial intelligence model has been created by researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Ariel University that can translate Akkadian text written in cuneiform into English automatically. Assyriology experts have been studying cuneiform, one of the earliest writing systems, for years to understand ancient Mesopotamian texts. However, the task of deciphering these texts was extremely difficult and time-consuming.


With the help of this AI system, a process that could have taken weeks or months can now be completed in just minutes. The program is not only faster and more accurate than traditional translation methods, but it also provides researchers with a better understanding of ancient Mesopotamian culture. The AI system is expected to have a major impact on the field of Assyriology and help scholars uncover new information about this ancient civilization.


Two AI models were trained by Dr. Shai Gordin of Ariel University and Dr. Gai Gutherz, Dr. Jonathan Berant, and Dr. Omer Levy of TAU. One AI model translates Akkadian from Latin script representations of the cuneiform signs, and the other translates from Unicode representations of the signs. "This is a breakthrough for the study of ancient civilizations," says Dr. Gordin. "It will open up new avenues to explore, and our findings could have important implications in many fields." The AI system developed by the Israeli team is an impressive example of how technology can be used to further our understanding of history and culture.


The first version of the model, which uses Latin transliteration, performed better in the study, scoring 37.47 on the Best Bilingual Evaluation Understudy 4 (BLEU4). This means that the model can produce translations that are comparable to those produced by an average machine translation between two modern languages. Significantly, the model was able to achieve this, given the cultural gap of over 2,000 years in translating ancient Akkadian.


This AI system is a remarkable accomplishment in the field of Assyriology and will help researchers uncover new insights into this ancient civilization. The advancements made by Israeli experts prove that artificial intelligence can be used to bridge the gap between languages and cultures, helping us to gain a greater understanding of our past.


The journal PNAS Nexus has recently published the findings of researchers who have developed a new technology that could revolutionize the study of ancient history, making it more accessible to a wider audience. The researchers had previously created an AI model called "the Babylonian Engine" in 2020, but this new model is said to be a better and improved version of it. Everything from tablets and monuments to ancient cuneiform stone carvings can now be easily translated from their native language into English. "This is an amazing breakthrough for anyone interested in ancient history," said Dr. Yair Cohen, one of the team's scientists. "It will help us to understand not only what was written thousands of years ago, but also to make sense of it in a way that can be more easily understood by modern audiences."


The AI system demonstrates how technology can improve our understanding of ancient civilizations that have been lost over time, resulting in the discovery of new information. With this newfound power, researchers can gain insight into ancient cultures and unlock secrets that were previously impossible to uncover. Ancient cuneiform texts will no longer be a mystery; instead, we can now access the knowledge of the ancients with ease.


Archaeologists have discovered a vast number of clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, written in cuneiform script. These tablets number in the hundreds of thousands, and there are not enough experts capable of deciphering them all. This is where the AI system comes in. By using this new technology, researchers can quickly and accurately translate these texts, allowing them to gain access to information about ancient cultures that would have previously been inaccessible.

The region of Assyria, located in modern-day Iraq, was named after the god Ashur who was the most important deity in the Assyrian pantheon. In the year 721 BC, Assyria conquered the northern area of present-day Israel and took the Ten Tribes captive. By using this AI system, researchers can gain access to the rich cultural and religious history of ancient Assyria.












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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com


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