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AI DECIPHERS 2,000 YEAR OLD PHILOSOPHY TEXT 

AI DECIPHERS 2,000 YEAR OLD PHILOSOPHY TEXT

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Text from the Herculaneum scroll, which has been unseen for 2,000 years. (Credit: Vesuvius Challenge)
What happened? AI has helped unveil the writing of an ancient Greek philosopher, hidden for centuries within the charred remains of a papyrus scroll from AD 79.
What did it say? Youssef Nader, Luke Farritor, and Julian Schilliger, the trio behind the breakthrough, may have opened a treasure trove of knowledge about ancient philosophy. The decoded passages are believed to originate from Philodemus, the philosopher-in-residence at the Herculaneum library, and delve into Epicurean philosophy. The findings hint at a critique of the Stoic school, shedding light on ancient debates about the pursuit of pleasure.
How did it work? The discovery utilized 3D mapping and AI algorithms to decipher previously illegible text within the digitally scanned Herculaneum papyri. Following this success, the plan is to scale up the 3D scanning and digital analysis techniques, with hopes to unlock the secrets of 800 more ancient philosophy scrolls waiting to be explored.
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Posted on: February 7, 2024, 8:31 am Category: Uncategorized

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