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Computer program writes like famous people or even like you

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Is it possible to receive a newly hand-written letter
from Abraham Lincoln? Of course not, but thanks to research being
carried out at University College London, you could now get a
reasonable facsimile of one. Utilizing a unique computer program, users
can create new documents that are written in a given person’s
handwriting. 

The “My Text in Your Handwriting” software initially requires a sample
of the person’s actual handwriting – about one paragraph will do. 

Using machine learning algorithms, that sample is then analyzed. More
specifically, the computer looks at how each individual letter of the
alphabet is formed, along with factors like vertical and horizontal
spacing, pen-line color and texture, and the manner in which cursive
letters are linked together. 

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Users can then stipulate what they would like the finished product to
say, and the computer will create it accordingly. So far, using
historical documents as samples, the handwriting of not only Lincoln but
also Frida Kahlo and Arthur Conan Doyle have been replicated. That
said, the technology can also be used to copy the handwriting of
everyday folks – in fact, that’s where it’s most likely to be useful.

“Our software has lots of valuable applications,” says UCL’s Dr. Tom
Haines. “Stroke victims, for example, may be able to formulate letters
without the concern of illegibility, or someone sending flowers as a
gift could include a handwritten note without even going into the
florist. It could also be used in comic books where a piece of
handwritten text can be translated into different languages without
losing the author’s original style.”

In these ways, My Text in Your Handwriting sounds a lot like the existing Bond
service. It likewise replicates clients’ handwriting, but uses a
pen-wielding robotic arm to actually write the words down on paper.

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