AI Handwriting
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In the infinite world of artificial intelligence, we’ve witnessed machines drafting letters, cracking jokes, and even offering legal advice, all in the realm of computerized text. Now, brace yourselves for the latest breakthrough: an AI that mimics human handwriting so convincingly that it might just make you question the authenticity of the written word.

AI can now copy your HANDWRITING - so, can you tell which of these was written by a robot? | Daily Mail Online
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Developed by scientists at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi, the aptly named HWT (Handwriting Transformer) is rewriting the rules of what we thought AI could achieve. While previous attempts using generative adversarial networks (GANs) struggled to capture the intricacies of individual characters and ligatures, HWT employs vision transformers, a specialized type of neural network designed for computer vision tasks.

Human vs. AI Handwriting

In a recent study, participants were presented with samples of handwriting, with one column crafted by human hands and the other by HWT. The catch? They couldn’t tell which was which. If you guessed that the left column was AI-generated and the right column was human-written, you’re on the money. The AI’s ability to seamlessly imitate the handwriting styles of six different individuals astounded the participants, showcasing a level of realism unparalleled in the realm of AI-generated text.

Preferred 81% of the Time

What sets HWT apart from its predecessors? According to the study, when pitted against other handwriting generation technologies like GANwriting and Davis et al (2020), HWT emerged as the crowd favorite, securing an 81% preference rate among participants. The ‘handwriting’ produced by HWT not only looked more realistic but also left the human eye unable to distinguish between the genuine and the mimicked.

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Vision Transformers Redefine AI Handwriting

While GANs struggled with the intricacies of character formation and ligatures, vision transformers demonstrated their prowess in understanding the nuanced connections within an image. By utilizing this innovative approach, HWT has taken a giant leap forward in the quest to replicate human handwriting with unprecedented accuracy.

As we marvel at this new frontier of AI capabilities, questions naturally arise regarding the potential misuse of such technology. With the ability to generate handwriting so realistic, concerns about fraud and the creation of fake documents are at the forefront. As AI continues to blur the lines between the artificial and the authentic, the challenges and ethical considerations accompanying these advancements become ever more pressing.

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Usman Kashmirwala
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