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Reverse OCR

This reverse OCR engine is delightful. It draws and morphs random lines until they are recognized by an optical character recognition program. The resulting oddities provide a powerful reminder that the alphabet — like so many symbols — could have taken shape quite differently. And when we force the poor computer to make sense of our arbitrary scribbling, the rules it develops and the inferences it draws will inevitably reflect this alien semiotic divide. Bravo.

This registered as the word “unicorn”:












Published in Code Type Writing