Does AI Crack Ancient Manuscript’s Origins?

In the 1800s, historians discovered an indecipherable text, now called the Voynich manuscript. It dates back to the 15th century, but they’ve never been able to figure out its language of origins or what it says. More recently, however, it’s been reported that researchers at the University of Alberta used AI to pinpoint that over 80 percent of the manuscript’s words were identified as Hebrew (initially they thought it was probably Arabic), and they believe they’ve translated the text’s first sentence. However, The VergeĀ hotly disputes the original reporting of other news outlets, saying it wasn’t AI after all, and the original study is suspect.

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