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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

I think their best bet at deciphering our communications would be analogue signals, specifically Air Traffic Control chatter, which is Unencrypted, Amplitude Modulated Radio, uniformly carried out ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Yes, but in addtion to Gray Sheep answer things are needed. With only cross-lingual references, you still do not have a rosetta stone, because you need additional rosetta stones in a row to a living ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Another attempt at answering this "many mixed questions" question! If your question is (A) given a billion hours of video can you learn all human languages - answer "trivially yes"...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

If you want them to. Human civilization has expanded across the solar system, aliens crossed the interstellar space. Their tech is clearly superior. Encryption may or may not present a problem, ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Given the following premises: The aliens have have a "similar enough" perception of the world to ours. The "comms" include video signals. A culture technically advanced enough for ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Hard to say as it depends on how alien they are. If the aliens are a bit like us with our sort of intelligence, but more advanced, then probably yes. But if we are talking about something very alien ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Humanity has attempted to communicate with aliens via the Voyager Golden Record. Copies of this record are aboard the Voyager space crafts. The contents explain who we are, what we look like, where ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

Maybe Cross-lingual mappings can be trained using only European languages, and yet can still translate from japanese and mandarin to english. So translating a truly alien language will depend on if ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

History says: Not likely. Even assuming their quantum computer can break most of our encryption, figuring out a language without hints has historically been near impossible even for us humans, who ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

I think the answer is yes. My reasoning is the decipherment of the Egyptian hyerogliphic writing. The last priest of the ancient Egypt, yet knowing that writing, died in the late 400s. After that, the ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

We need to know a lot of background before we can answer this... Maybe no-one broadcasts in the future. If you have a message to send, it would go as straight as possible to the receiver. Anything ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

There is a lot of unencrypted communications traffic, from CB radio to free-to-air television. The traffic is of course encoded; we don't speak in electromagnetic waves, and therefore some sort of ...
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Could an Alien decipher human languages using only comms traffic?

No Even assuming they had full access to all our transmitted communications, and it was all in one language... If they have no access to the underlying Context, they will be unable to decipher it ...
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