The rise of artificial intelligence technology along with machine and deep learning are opening up almost limitless possibilities. There is also an element of fear towards this exponential growth. But it's the humanization of our machines and devices that is seldom discussed or reported.

Turning to technology and innovation for solutions to non-existing problems often leads to duplication of our work. Taking laptops into meeting rooms is currently considered bad etiquette. But we deem it acceptable to nominate an unfortunate volunteer to retype notes scribbled on tiny pieces of paper so they can send to other attendees.

Once again we need to ask ourselves if this is the most efficient method of managing our workload in this digital age. Technology now enables us to snatch back an hour or two from those pesky time stealers that have crippled our productivity for years. Maybe it's time we started to embrace the benefits.

Imagine if handwritten meeting notes were automatically converted from natural handwriting to digital. Now think about how much easier it would be if they were fully searchable and shared instantly. In case you missed the memo, 250 million users around the world are already using MyScript technology to harness the power of digital handwriting.

MyScript has built a reputation on offering numerous solutions for businesses and home users who are determined to live in a world of paperless paperwork. 

Handwriting recognition technology through artificial neural networks (ANNs) is helping the team at MyScript build platforms that are reflective of the human experience. The ability to interpret the meaning of users handwritten input in real-time is teaching machines to adapt to the user.

The days of reaching for a scientific calculator to solve advanced mathematical equations are thankfully confined to the history books. MyScript Calculator takes this a step further by solving even the most complex of questions using handwriting for instant solutions. 

When I spoke to the Vice President of Marketing Gary Baum at MyScript, he advised "educational institutions such as the Khan Academy have solved over 3.5 million mathematical equations using this Math technology."

Considering that Over 40 million people have already downloaded the calculator app, it seems that user adoption is not a problem. The company also collected a prestigious Appy Award in the utilities and device enhancement category.  

MyScript's AI-driven technology is proving to be a game-changer by improving both efficiency and increasing knowledge. Further examples of iPad users writing music with their finger or stylus followed by it effortlessly converting to digital notations before their eyes are incredibly impressive.

It seems the next generation of handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology have resolved the accuracy problem that plagued previous iterations

Our never ending quest for mobility and connectivity has left us with more questions than answers. Could handwriting recognition replace the keyboard? And with speech recognition working so well today, do we even need it?

It's important to remember that the goal is not to replace the keyboard. But to provide the best user experience depending on the situation or venue. There will be times when you need a full sized keyboard for those long documents. Equally, there will be occasions where it will be optimal to write with a pen on your tablet.

The convert and share capability does not diminish the role of the keyboard. It enables new use cases that proliferate in ways that we have never seen before. Rather than one solution for everything, we are developing an invaluable virtual toolbox that offers innovative methods to be more productive.

Check out my podcast interview with Gary Baum Senior Vice President of Marketing at MyScript.  We talk about how digital ink technology enables accurate, predictive handwriting recognition. This positive conversation also touches on the artificial intelligence and neural network architecture that make it possible.