In 1900 Sir Arthur Evans discovered Minoan capital Knossos during the excavations near Heraklion. Eight years later, Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier was leading the excavations in the ruins of Phaistos city.He found a round clay table in the ground, and this was the moment, when disc came to the daylight after the 3600 years.Making first contact with extraterrestrial life by detecting a signal would be one of the defining moments in the history of humanity, but what if we don't know what they're saying?
Pernier started to work on translation with zeal, but got stuck soon after. Both renowned researchers and amateurs “read” the text as a prayer, agreement, religious calendar, initiation ceremony of girls, legacy of Atlantis, message from the aliens, or even a list of ships of the Minoan fleet in the Aegean Sea.
The translations were presented with a great deal of fantasy.
So far it covers 52 of the world's estimated 6,000 languages, the latest being Haitian Creole.
Google admits speech will be an even tougher challenge than text but says a customer's phone would adapt to its user by 'learning' their style of talking.'Everyone has a different voice, accent and pitch,' said Mr Och.
However, he explains that it actually becomes easier to decode a message as it increases in complexity Analyse upper syntactic levels of the communication’s hierarchy to categorise descriptive and non-descriptive elements as precursors to bootstrapping information for further decipherment and identifying cognition Was this our first contact with alien life?
In 1977 astronomer Jerry Ehman, working at the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University, saw a signal from outside of the solar system that seemed to be artificially created.
'But recognition should be effective with mobile phones because by nature they are personal to you.' However language experts believe the prospect of such technology supplanting the ability to speak a foreign tongue is a distant one.
David Crystal, honorary professor of linguistics at Bangor University, said the problems of dealing with speed of speech and range of accents could prove insurmountable.'No system at the moment can handle that properly,' he added.
Phaistos Disc, made of burnt clay, comes from the Minoan palace in Phaistos, Crete.