Get Bengal: In the era of ‘everything digitized’, will Kolkata typists eventually vanish?. “The narrow lanes of Kiron Shankar Roy Road and Old Post Office Street are otherwise a mesh of old shacks serving a hot cuppa or bread omelets to hundreds of litigants, clerks, and lawyers who tread the footpaths every other day. These footpaths are also home to an odd dozen typists whose Remington machines still at times raise the staccato stuck sound. But the sounds are fading fast and so are the typists of the Calcutta High Court arena.”
Ars Technica: Meet Ghostwriter, a haunted AI-powered typewriter that talks to you. “On Wednesday, a designer and engineer named Arvind Sanjeev revealed his process for creating Ghostwriter, a one-of-a-kind repurposed Brother typewriter that uses AI to chat with a person typing on the keyboard. The ‘ghost’ inside the machine comes from OpenAI’s GPT-3, a large language model that powers ChatGPT. The effect resembles a phantom conversing through the machine.”
WBZ: ‘Busiest We Have Been In 41 Years,’ Typewriters Make Comeback During Pandemic. “The pandemic has changed the way we live. Remote learning. Work from home. Zoom calls all day long. A lot of people are yearning for life to be more simple. That has made a low tech machine wildly popular again: the typewriter.”
Jsomers: DocWriter: the typewriter that sends its keystrokes in real time to a Google Doc. “For years I’ve wanted a writing machine that would combine the best parts of a typewriter and a word processor. After months of tinkering, my friend Ben Gross and I just finished building one. We call it the DocWriter. It’s a typewriter that sends its keystrokes in real time to a Google Doc.” I think I’m in love.
New-to-me: a database of typewriters. Lots of typewriters. And apparently repair manuals/information. Gigantic! From the about page: “The ‘Database’ is probably the biggest source of typewriter serial numbers on the Internet today. As far as I know, it’s even the most complete collection of serial numbers ever. But when you see the number of given brand names, it’s still only a beginning. This Database is also a collection of typewriter photo galleries from the collections of enthusiasts all over the world. These galleries are linked to manufacturers and not only serve as a valuable additional resource for research about various machines, but also are fun to page through and see what collectors have in their collections.”