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Forgotten Corner of Europe Brought Back to Life, Thanks to AI

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An old map showing the Princely County of Gorizia and Gradisca.

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. used artificial intelligence methods to scour newspapers dating back to 1873 for information on a forgotten corner of the Austrian Empire.


University of Bristol researchers used artificial intelligence methods to analyze 47,000 multilingual pages from newspapers dating back to 1873, revealing previously unknown political and cultural events which took place in a forgotten corner of the Austrian Empire that is now divided between Italy and Slovenia.

The study's goal was to learn whether historical changes could be detected from the collective content of local newspapers from the Princely County of Gorizia and Gradisca between 1873 and 1914.

The patterns that emerged revealed collective trends of a population in the years leading up to World War I and the final years of that Empire.

"In this paper we have shown that, in the space of a few decades, the town embraced new ways to communicate, such as the cinema and the telephone, along with modes of transportation, like the car, the airplane, the bicycle, and the train," says researcher Nello Cristianini.

From University of Bristol News
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