Sunday, December 22, 2019

Robots writing

The Washington Post reports on Handwrytten, a robot-driven card-writing service. The article cites a user who finds the service “cheaper — and easier — than going to the store, picking out a card and paying for postage.” And, the user adds, you can schedule in advance.

I noticed Handwrytten in 2014 and am surprised, kinda, that the company is still going. It must serve a need. But you could also schedule in advance by writing in your datebook: “Buy and mail card.” Or you could schedule and send an e-mail — much cheaper and easier still than setting up an account to pay for robots. But cheaper and easier are not always the point. TV dinner, anyone?


I forgot: in The New York Times last week, a counter-narrative, in defense of handwritten notes and cards.

comments: 2

Slywy said...

"To me, it’s the same, whether a robot writes it or I do,” said Shanan, 47, who works for an IT company in Atlanta. “What matters is that I was thinking of them.”

What about whether it's the same to them? This sounds like a selfish attitude. The care and expense of choosing, signing, and sending is what matters, not the convenience for the sender.

(Yeah, they were glad to hear from him, but I wouldn't be. :))

Michael Leddy said...

I was imagining the explanation: “Mom, Dad, this was cheaper and easier,” &c.

And what happens when you get cards from different people with the same “handwriting”?