Google's New AI Tool Can Translate Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Aadhya Khatri - Aug 07, 2020


Google's New AI Tool Can Translate Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Fabricius is the world’s first tool that can decode Egyptian hieroglyphs using machine learning

To celebrate the 221 years of discovering the Rosetta Stone, the key finding to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, Google introduced Fabricius, a tool that uses machine learning to help users translate the symbols into modern language.

The tool will take you through a short course on the history of Egyptian hieroglyphs. You will have the chance to try tracing and drawing these symbols with Cloud Auto ML, Google‘s machine learning platform.

Fabricius tool Google Egyptian hieroglyphs
The tool will take you through a short course on the history of Egyptian hieroglyphs

Once you have had a deep understanding of these symbols, you can translate messages into Egyptian language using hieroglyphs to send to friends and family.

However, Fabricius isn’t merely a tool to have fun with, it can also be a handy tool for academic research.

For several decades, to translate Egyptian symbols, experts have had to manually search through books, a process that has not changed for over 100 years.

Fabricius is the world’s first tool that can decode Egyptian hieroglyphs using machine learning. It was made accessible as open-source to facilitate further advancements in ancient languages.

Fabricius Google decode Egyptian hieroglyphs
Fabricius is the world’s first tool that can decode Egyptian symbols using machine learning

Before AutoML Vision, the translation job requires lots of time, a team of data scientists, and a huge amount of code.

The tool is named after the father of the study of ancient inscriptions George Fabricius. It’s the collaboration of a team of Egyptologists, Macquarie University’s Australian Center for Egyptology, Ubisoft, and Psycle Interactive.

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