Google has launched a character translator that uses machine learning to decrypt the ancient Egyptian language. This feature was added to the Arts & Culture app. It also allows users to translate their words and emojis into hieroglyphs. Google noted that this is the first tool that, with the help of machine learning, can translate and interpret hieroglyphs. It gets better with popularity among users.
A tool called Fabricius will be useful to professional Egyptologists, anthropologists, and historians in order to understand the ancient inscriptions for their research. One expert welcomed this initiative but said that in order to evaluate the application, you need to use it for specific research.
“Despite the fact that the new development is impressive, it cannot yet replace a highly qualified specialist in reading ancient inscriptions. However, there are many problems – some characters are very different from each other, the application may not count them”.
Roland Enmarch, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Liverpool
The new tool also allows the user to upload photos of real characters found on artifacts, and digitally enhance images for better analysis. Users will be able to study the outlines of the hieroglyphs, which the program then tries to match with similar characters in their database.
Google expects them to be able to create a larger database as people add new data to the system. Researchers can also annotate and retouch faded characters, leading to new historical discoveries.