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Digitizing Historic Broad Pen Writing

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I have, over the years, worked with the Vatican Library off and on. So I pity the computer, as it is difficult to say the least. Scholars everywhere should salute this advance and feel it holds out hope for the future.




From a person's actions, we may infer attitudes, beliefs, --- and values. We do not know these characteristics outright. The human dichotomies of trust and distrust, honor and duplicity, love and hate --- all depend on internal states we cannot directly experience. Isn't this what adds zest to our life?

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Very interesting article. I may forward the link to my husband, who has worked on AI projects, as well as natural language processing, and -- at one point -- for a company that did software for high end printing (think art books).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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It seems to me that the techniques being taught to the AI are pretty similar to those used by people, i.e. -

  • read word by word
  • use context to predict what the next word is likely to be
  • keep a dictionary of real words in mind
  • if all else fails, use stroke identification within the above limits

/begin pot stirring

next we'll be teaching Phonics to the AI

/end pot stirring


“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.

And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”

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This was cool. Thank you for sharing.

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