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Do you love a good mystery and ancient texts? Rajesh Rao sure does. He is a computational neuroscientist at my alma mater, the University of Washington in Seattle. He has devoted much of his professional life to cracking "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script
To do this, Dr Rao uses computational modeling to understand the human mind in two ways: first, he develops computer models to describe how human minds think, and then second, he applies these models to the task of deciphering the 4,000-year-old script of the Indus valley civilization. This interesting video provides a glimpse into his methods and logic:
Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script. At TED 2011 he tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Wouldn't it be amazing if when it's cracked it tells us another version of events dating back thousands of years BC.
Originally posted by Warpthal
It's amazing how we can get computer to think like humans. Quite ironic though.
Originally posted by Hanslune
I believe the problem is that the language that the Indus script is for is not known.
If the language was a predeccesor of Sanskirt they have a chance but there are not enough examples of the writing.
If he does crack it? How would we know if it was right?