So I stumbled across this fascinating and slightly hilarious article on the history of autocorrect which got me thinking about it's impact and influence in my life.
Rather than MS Word, my first brush with autocorrect was on my first Android phone. (Can the T9 predictive text input on the earliest Nokia feature phones be considered as a precursor to this technology?)
I still see a lot of people around me still stick to SMS lingo where they type msgs lik dis. I was guilty of sticking to sms lingo for a long time as well, with the earliest blog posts on my personal blog wholly written in that form. (I still haven't purged those posts as a reminder to myself of how cringe inducing I was at that time). Sometimes I stumble across some words which my brain forgets how to spell and I have to depend on autocorrect to suggest the correct spelling. I often pause to consider if I am forgetting to spell words since I am becoming more dependent on my keyboard to complete the word for me.
I wonder what the scenario will be 5-10 years down the line when tools like Smart Compose from Google become the norm. Will our grammar and vocabulary get even worse as we let AI complete our sentences..?