Machine learning and forgery

There’s no doubt that pretty much everything humans do can be sliced, diced, and replicated by algorithms so it’s not surprising that recent work by Tom S. F. Haines, Oisin Mac Aodha, and Gabriel J. Brostow, researchers at University College London, has resulted in the fall of yet another bastion of being human: Handwriting. How did they do it? Machine learning. Their paper, called “My Text in Your Handwriting,” describes software that semi-automatically analyzes a sample of a handwriting, then generates whatever text you want in what looks like the identical style of the original handwriting sample. UCL’s press release explains: … the machine learning algorithm is built around glyphs – a specific instance of a character. Authors produce different glyphs to represent the same element of writing – the…

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