Scientists Launch Projects Recreating “Smells of the PAST” using AI

Scientists Launch Projects Recreating “Smells of the PAST” using AI

Scientists Launch Projects Recreating “Smells of the PAST” using AI
Photo: Daily Mail UK

Researchers recently launched a project recording smells from the past, encapsulating the important moments of history through their scent. 

According to a Daily Mail report, the project is “Odeuropa.” It will recreate smells of the past the world’s inhabitants inhaled between 500 and 100 years ago using artificial intelligence.

Further, the report said it will include the use of herbs to protect against diseases such as the plague; as well as industrial scents and the harsh tones of tobacco.

The EU Horizon 2020 program made the project possible. It has a €2.8 million budget with team of researchers from UCL, Anglia Ruskin University and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The project will use AI to go through old texts for descriptions of smells in seven languages. It will collect them and collate them for the experts’ perusal.

Scientists Launch Projects Recreating “Smells of the PAST” using AI
Photo: Daily Mail UK

Dr. Sara Tonelli said they already have developed tools that can automatically extract information from texts.

“We will analyze for example the role of industrial smells. We expected to find a lot of mentions in texts by Italian futurists for example the smell of motor oil,” she said.

Scientists aim to come up with an encyclopedia of scents later on. It will feature a biography of every individual odor including where it was used and what made it. They will submit raw information to chemists and perfumers, creating a modern-day version of the now-extinct smell.

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