Forget Deepfake Audio and Video. Now There’s AI-Based Handwriting!

AI Based Handwriting ScamsResearchers have developed AI technology that can mimic someone’s handwriting with only a few paragraphs of written content. Experts worry about the possibility of misuse.

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi announced they have developed handwriting AI based on a neural network designed to learn context and meaning in sequential data.

Legitimate uses for such technology could help those that have lost the ability to use their hands to continue to be able to write, analyze and decode traditionally illegible doctor handwriting, or create personalized advertising. 

But the researchers at MBZUAI purposely haven’t released the technology to ensure precautions and tools are in place to ensure its proper use.

The implications for this kind of technology being used for nefarious purposes is concerning. How about a signed contract selling your house without you ever knowing? Or identity theft where someone signs up for a credit card in your name. 

Even our Data-Driven Defense Evangelist Roger Grimes raised these similar concerns about AI handwriting in his recent blog post. 

I’m glad the creators of this technology are seeing the potential for misuse and are looking for ways to minimize it before the public gets their hands on it. I just hope they’re successful in doing so, because the last thing we need is yet “another” type of impersonation.

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