Google has just launched a translator to decipher Egiptian hieroglyphes . The artificial intelligence created by the American company makes it possible to understand these inscriptions, but also to (almost) any message into hieroglyphs, reported the BBC on Wednesday July 15.
The Fabricius tool is available to everyone on the Google Arts & Culture app. It is also available in a pro version for Egyptologists, anthropologists and other historians with the ambition to become a digital Rosetta Stone.
The app has a worktable that allows users to import photos of real hieroglyphs for analysis. The software can detect the lines of the drawings in order to associate them with similar symbols already present in its database. It is also able to translate messages in hieroglyphics, whether they are written in English or Arabic.
Fabricius thus aims to “give meaning to what is a hieroglyph”. In theory, the more the tool is used by users, the more efficient it is.
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“It’s impressive, but the technology is not yet at the stage where it can replace a well-trained expert in reading ancient inscriptions,” Judge Roland Enmarch, Egyptologist at the University of Liverpool. “Hieroglyphics are handmade and their pictorial details vary enormously depending on the period and depending on their sculptors or painters. ” The tool was created in collaboration with many institutions such as the Australian Center for Egyptology or the French video game publisher Ubisoft. Fabricius is currently available in English and Arabic.