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A new computer program has quickly deciphered a written language last used in Biblical times—possibly opening the door to "resurrecting" ancient texts that are no longer understood, scientists announced last week. Created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program automatically translates written Ugaritic, which consists of dots and wedge-shaped stylus marks on clay tablets. The script was last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria.
Originally posted by ABNARTY
I think it may not replace highly skilled scholars but perhaps to folks in the field it will be very valuable. Imagine coming across some relic with this writing on it, enter into your laptop, and be able to read it (more or less) on the spot.
As far as the Zodiac Killer stuff? Probably not.