600 years is expected to decipher the Voynich manuscript unsolved

The Voynich manuscript (Figure: Yale University Beni g rare book and Manuscript Library)




[introduction] new intellectual element the Voynich manuscript was a strange book content is unknown, is filled with mysterious text and illustrations. Since it was found 100 years ago, many linguists and cryptographers have been studied in detail in the manuscript, but no one has yet been able to decipher a word or two. Now, the University of Alberta NLP experts claim to be able to decipher this part mumbo-jumbo using AI technology.




The Voynich manuscript is a strange book content is unknown, a total of 240 Pages, filled with text encoding general and mysterious illustration. Since it was found 100 years ago, the Voynich manuscript has been that linguists and cryptographers confused, no one has yet been able to decipher a word or two. But recently, the use of artificial intelligence, Canadian researchers said in deciphering the Voynich manuscript has taken a huge step.


The Voynich manuscript (Voynich manu) from the title named Wilfred Voynich (Wilfrid Voynich) of the Poland bookseller, he bought the manuscript in Italy in 1912. The letters and languages used in the manuscript are unknown, and so far no one can recognize them. The Voynich manuscript contains hundreds of pages of paper, some pages lost, handwritten text book is written from left to right. Most pages are illustrated with illustrations, which include plants, tasks and astronomical symbols. But as for the meaning of the word, it is completely unknown. There is no clue.


But it is not the lack of an attempt to decipher the manuscript. This manuscript is believed to be the world’s most important password, since their discovery, numerous professional and amateur cryptographers have carefully studied it. During the Second World War, the top ciphers also analyzed it, but even they did not break the word. For this manuscript, people put forward all kinds of theories, for example, it is created by semi random encryption scheme; it is a puzzle or a writing system that is removed from vowels. Some even thought the manuscript was a well – planned deception.




The Voynich manuscript (Figure: Yale University Beni g rare book and Manuscript Library)


But for the University of Alberta Natural Language Processing expert Greg Candelak (Greg Kondrak), the crack mumbo-jumbo seems to be very suitable for AI tasks. In his graduate student Bradley Hauer, Greg Kondrak has taken a big step in solving the Voynich manuscript password. They found that the text was written in Hebrew, and the letters were arranged in a fixed pattern. Although the researchers do not know the contents of the Voynich manuscript in meaning, but is now ready to let other experts involved in the investigation.


The first step is to find the language of the encrypted text. To this end, AI studied the text of the “Universal Declaration of human rights”, which was written in 380 different languages and tried to find a pattern. After this step of training, AI analyses the scribbled text of the manuscript and draws a conclusion that the text is likely to be written in a coded Hebrew. Both Kondrak and Hauer were surprised because they had just started the project and thought they were written in Arabic.


“It’s amazing,” Kondrak said. However, it is only the first step to get ‘this is Hebrew’, and the next step is to decipher the meaning of the text. “