Using AI to fill in the missing gaps in ancient texts

This restored inscription (IG I3 4B) records a decree concerning the Acropolis of Athens and dates 485/4 BCE. Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, WikiMedia

A team of AI researchers at DeepMind, working with colleagues from the University of Venice, the University of Oxford and Athens University of Economics and Business, has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) application to help historians fill in the gaps of text missing from stone, metal or pottery artifacts. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes how they built the app, how it can be used and how well it worked when tested against known …
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