21.192 Computers read ancient texts? A qualified yes.

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 06:43:54 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 192.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 06:39:49 +0100
         From: Haradda_at_aol.com
         Subject: Re: 21.191 Seminar in London, 3 August: Can
computers ever read ancient texts?

[The question that has been asked is, "Can computers ever read
ancient texts?" --WM]

I would say that the answer is a qualified yes. As long as you
understand what the translation you are getting is. The hard part I
would imagine is the OCR of the manuscript texts. But even with all
the aids we have at this time I don't believe that you could ever
eliminate the human element from translations.

David Reed
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