Sunday, November 18, 2012

Real Secret History

And now for something that doesn't pertain to gaming directly yet is somehow very relevant. Check out this article from Wired about using machine translation to decode an 18th-century manuscript that concealed arcane rituals of a real secret society. Fascinating stuff for the cryptography but more so for what it reveals about the cults, cabals and conspiracies of Enlightenment Europe.  


2 comments:

MadMadMad said...

In the past, I've had very nasty things to say about machine-based translation (largely as a result of having my own language-study funding get cut as hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in tech solutions...). I may have to start not saying such things.

Tim Ballew said...

Yes, be careful. The machines are listening...

I for one welcome our machine overlords. :)