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    Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages



    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...ost-languages/

    "Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment.by Emerging Technology from the arXiv
    Jul 1, 2019"


    "Enter Jiaming Luo and Regina Barzilay from MIT and Yuan Cao from Google’s AI lab in Mountain View, California. This team has developed a machine-learning system capable of deciphering lost languages, and they’ve demonstrated it by having it decipher Linear B—the first time this has been done automatically. The approach they used was very different from the standard machine translation techniques."

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    For example, nobody knows what language Linear A encodes. Attempts to decipher it into ancient Greek have all failed. And without the progenitor language, the new technique does not work.But the big advantage of machine-based approaches is that they can test one language after another quickly without becoming fatigued. So it’s quite possible that Luo and co might tackle Linear A with a brute-force approach—simply attempt to decipher it into every language for which machine translation already operates."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archetype0ne View Post
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...ost-languages/

    "Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment.by Emerging Technology from the arXiv
    Jul 1, 2019"


    "Enter Jiaming Luo and Regina Barzilay from MIT and Yuan Cao from Google’s AI lab in Mountain View, California. This team has developed a machine-learning system capable of deciphering lost languages, and they’ve demonstrated it by having it decipher Linear B—the first time this has been done automatically. The approach they used was very different from the standard machine translation techniques."

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    For example, nobody knows what language Linear A encodes. Attempts to decipher it into ancient Greek have all failed. And without the progenitor language, the new technique does not work.But the big advantage of machine-based approaches is that they can test one language after another quickly without becoming fatigued. So it’s quite possible that Luo and co might tackle Linear A with a brute-force approach—simply attempt to decipher it into every language for which machine translation already operates."
    Good luck with that! You need something known to feed the machine.

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