AI picks up the pen and now knows how to write by hand

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Progress never stops, especially when it comes to AI! We can use ChatGPT to match on Tinder, this same chatbot has even managed to (almost) pass itself off as a human, while Sora generates videos that a motion designer would have spent dozens of hours making. The feats in this area seem almost endless and there is no question of listing them here. Today, AI is taking over another area: handwriting..

Robotic writing

Handwritten letters have an undeniable charm, instilling warmth and authenticity that electronic communications struggle to match. Who today can still boast of maintaining a regular exchange of letters with a loved one? Very few people probably.

Now, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, it is possible to send letters that look handwritten without even touching a pen. Services now offer to enter your text via an application, to then see it magically transcribed by a kind of calligraphy robot. Companies like Handwrytten, Ink Cards or Scribeless are specialized in this sector. It is a bit special, it must be admitted.

When AI imitates writing

Advances in artificial intelligence have taken this capability to new heights. A team of researchers from New York University and the Meta Group have designed software that can reproduce with disconcerting fidelity any handwritingBy simply analyzing a snapshot of a few hand-scrawled words, this program can decipher the intrinsic characteristics of writing: sequence of words, speed of writing, inclination, etc.

A rather remarkable technological advance, but which still raises serious ethical questions. Indeed, its potential use to forge signatures opens the way to possible embezzlement. We can therefore imagine a set of very unenviable scenarios if this AI were one day submitted to the general public. Identity theft, creation of false legal documents or false letters or messages attributed to people without their knowledge, use by cybercriminals…

This is why this technology remains in the hands of researchers for the moment and does not even have an official name.. Its potential is certain, but quite dangerous if you think about it.

  • Some services offer to send fake handwritten letters using AI and robotics.
  • Software developed by Meta and New York University can faithfully reproduce any handwriting from a few photos.
  • A technology that raises serious ethical questions.

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