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US Government Is Developing AI to Identify Authors by Their Writing Style

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Writing anonymously may not hide your identity for much longer if the US government's latest artificial intelligence project proves successful.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has announced(Opens in a new window) a new AI project being managed by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)(Opens in a new window), which is focused on linguistic fingerprint technology.

IARPA describes itself as investing in "high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community," and this certainly counts as one.

It's called the Human Interpretable Attribution of Text Using Underlying Structure (HIATUS) program, and aims to advance human language technology to the point where authors can be identified simply by their writing style.

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