By Sena Guler
ANKARA (AA) - Artificial intelligence (AI) and stenography, writing in shorthand, level up security and privacy issues, according to a Turkish expert.
“The translation of letters and words into a stenographic language by producing new results with analysis data will surely serve humanity in every field where life integrates with technology,” Deniz Unay, a social media specialist, told Anadolu Agency.
Stenography is a system of rapid writing using symbols or abbreviations instead of words or phrases, and it increases brevity of writing when compared to longhand writing, which is widely used today.
Stenography derives from stenos (narrow) and graphein (to write) in Greek language.
“Many recent studies have shown that artificial intelligence and stenography systems are used together in the creation of special alphabets in the encryption process,” Unay said.
Emphasizing the importance of stenographic language created by artificial intelligence in military strategy planning, he argued the association brings security and privacy issues one step further.
Unay said the method is mostly used in literature as a record of symbols, and these symbols do not make sense to a person at first glance.
“In fact, the method serves as an important historical document,” Unay said, adding that it could also be interpreted as a cultural tool that was used for centuries.
“From [George] Bernard Shaw's plays to [Samuel] Pepys' diary, from Cicero's speeches to the preservation of Shakespeare's works, we can trace stenography in many historical cultural values,” Unay noted.
He also highlighted that in addition to its long history of use, “it seems that we will witness more of the use of shorthand alphabets in today's digital and industrial world.”
- Record keeping with stenography
Unay said the system is also used in councils and courts, where the speed of speech is quite fast.
“Because of this advantage [rapid writing], it can be used to record conversations easily in sessions such as parliament or court and a business correspondence where speech proceeds at a rapid flow,” he said.
Unay said stenography is also known as the first writing system to be used constantly in history.
“This adventure began with the discovery of the Tironian sign by Tiro, the slave whom Cicero had freed, and lasted for a thousand years,” he said.
However, the writing system disappeared as it was associated with witchcraft and wizardry in Medieval Europe, he noted.
Touching the stenography machines, Unay said they are used in court reporting and conferences today. “With 22 keys, these keyboards enable the operator to use all of their fingers, thus enabling all keys to be pressed simultaneously.”