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Researchers finally decode the mysterious 15th-century Voynich manuscript using Artificial Intelligence

A mysterious 15th-century Voynich manuscript had kept the scientists baffled and puzzled for years. Many historians and cryptographers have tried to decode the mysterious manuscript but one succeeded in doing so. So, finally, scientists used Artificial Intelligence to decrypt the 15th-century manuscript. The latest research was carried out by a group of scientist at the University of Alberta in Canada.

The researchers wanted to decode complicated and ambiguous human language using artificial intelligence, and for that, they considered the mysterious Voynich manuscript as a case study. To identify the language of the manuscript, the team used samples of around 400 different languages from the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. At first, they thought that the Voynich manuscript was written in Arabic, but after running successive algorithms, they found out that that the language of the manuscript was most likely Hebrew. Lead author of the study Greg Kondrak, professor at the University of Alberta said, “That was surprising. And just saying ‘this is Hebrew’ is the first step. The next step is how do we decipher it.”

To know the age of the manuscript, the scientists applied the carbon-dating technique on delicate vellum pages. He found out that the manuscript dated back to the early 15th Century. The ancient manuscript is named after a Polish book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912. The language and the illustration used in the manuscript are very ambiguous and it has been a challenge for the cryptographers to decode the manuscript. The manuscript consists of illustrations of dozens of naked women (and some men) in interconnected water bodies and also many unknown plants. The strange astronomical diagrams and ambiguous texts had kept the scientists puzzled. But now, the researchers have successfully cracked the mysterious Voynich manuscript using Artificial intelligence.

The researchers assumed that the manuscript was created using alphagrams, where one phrase is used to define another. “It turned out that over 80 percent of the words were in a Hebrew dictionary, but we did not know if they made sense together,” Kondrak said. The first line went like this-“She made recommendations to the priest, man of the house and me and people.” Kondrak said that although the sentence was a strange one to start with, it was grammatically correct and it definitely made sense.

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  • I am deciphering the Voynich manuscript and received a positive result.
    There is a key to cipher the Voynich manuscript.
    The key to the cipher manuscript placed in the manuscript. It is placed throughout the text. Part of the key hints is placed on the sheet 14. With her help was able to translate a few dozen words that are completely relevant to the theme sections.
    The Voynich manuscript is not written with letters. It is written in signs. Characters replace the letters of the alphabet one of the ancient language. Moreover, in the text there are 2 levels of encryption. I figured out the key by which the first section could read the following words: hemp, wearing hemp; food, food (sheet 20 at the numbering on the Internet); to clean (gut), knowledge, perhaps the desire, to drink, sweet beverage (nectar), maturation (maturity), to consider, to believe (sheet 107); to drink; six; flourishing; increasing; intense; peas; sweet drink, nectar, etc. Is just the short words, 2-3 sign. To translate words with more than 2-3 characters requires knowledge of this ancient language. The fact that some symbols represent two letters. In the end, the word consisting of three characters can fit up to six letters. Three letters are superfluous. In the end, you need six characters to define the semantic word of three letters. Of course, without knowledge of this language make it very difficult even with a dictionary.
    Much attention in the manuscript is paid to the health of women for the purpose of giving birth to healthy offspring.
    And most important. In the manuscript there is information about “the Holy Grail”.
    I am ready to share information, but only with those who are seriously interested in deciphering the Voynich manuscript.
    Nikolai.

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