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AI Is Not Going to Reinvent the Alphabet Anytime Soon

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Illustration shows a mechanical, metal brain superimposed on a host of letters and typerwriter keys.

Looking at typography developed by AI is like looking at lettering submerged in deep water, warped and fuzzy. The words are barely recognizable, and the original form has been lost. AI typography is, charitably, bad.

Credit: Cameron Getty; Getty Images

Where typography is concerned, it is becoming clear that AI innovations are focusing on the wrong ideas. Some are playing with using this technology to try to redefine visual language—in the case of our Latin letterset, one that has existed for more than 2,000 years.

Ultimately this is an unworkable course. The key to setting AI typography on a better, more accessible path is to think of it as assistive rather than generative.

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