Monday, March 06, 2006

Remote signatures

I read a story today at Wired News about Remote Signatures. This allows an author or someone to write with a special pen in their house and thousands of miles away another device signs the same thing on whatever needs to be signed. Now instead of needing to pay for a celebreties travel, one would only have to pay for the device to be there and the celbreties time. It may be something that becomes cheaper and would definitely be less intrusive on famous people. I think it's really cool to be able to get an autograph from someone, but part of that is also that you get to meet them. I don't know how I would feel just getting a book signed by a robotic arm. I probably wouldn't like it. I definitely wouldn't stand in line for it. I don't know where it could be useful and it does open up the possibility of forgery. Potentially someone could intercept the signature signal and copy it, then they could remotely sign anything as someone that they are not. How binding would that be legally? It would most likely still be forgery.