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    • The book Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda contains a fascinating and entertaining account of the invention of autocorrect at Apple during the development of the iPhone.

      The author was in charge of developing the iPhone's onscreen keyboard (a revolutionary idea at the time) and went through many, many prototype iterations before finally arriving at the autocorrect-based approach we're all familiar with today. It's a really great read!

    • Will our grammar and vocabulary get even worse as we let AI complete our sentences..?

      I feel like my grammar and vocabulary are fine, but my spelling has taken a hit with my reliance on software. Some words I can never spell correctly the first time, like occassionally, neccesary, sometimes even anniverssary 🀣🀣🀣

    • Smart Compose is a godsend for me. I write a lot of business emails using Gmail, the ones where you have to be perhaps unnecessarily polite. I find myself writing the same things over and over again. You may wonder why I don't use something like tex texpander and the answer is that I do but it's not suited for those kind of short phrases that simply add politeness to a message (at least not in my opinion.) When smart compose suggests a phrase, I do of course need a few milliseconds to decide if I should press tab or skip. But that doesn't slow me down at all because it saves many seconds and it only sets me back a few milliseconds. But the most important thing for me is that I don't feel like a robot typing the same things over and over again, I feel like it's helping me protect my sanity at work.

    • Thanks for weighing in! I never considered how useful it might be in a business setting. You're absolutely right that it would save a lot of time (and sanity) when you have to write standard responses. Responding to emails can sometimes be a mind numbing exercise in addition to breaking your flow of work.

      I just had a light-bulb moment reading your response (which I realize might have been pretty obvious to others). Google often tests out these features in it's public facing products. And for the low price of free, they don't have to take a lot of effort to market it much and push people to adopt it. Thus, they have a ridiculously wide pool of testers to help them refine a feature before they can finally introduce it into their paid products like G Suite.

      I always used to read comments on Android blogs where people used to (maybe not all of them) jokingly mention that Google Nexus device owners were the beta testers for the Android OS and Google's hardware. I never thought that it might be the same for a lot of their other products and services as well.

    • Welcome to Cake, @anna0X πŸ™‚

      Over time, I seem to have adapted to Smart Compose in the same way you have. I dunno if polite is quite the word for me, although that's part of it. I am looking for fun & upbeat replies to email and I'm surprised at how often the suggestions are close enough that I can just hit the tab key.

      I was very worried about coming off as canned & corporate but the suggestions are surprisingly good. Does anyone know if it learns from your writing style to make its suggestions?

    • Does anyone know if it learns from your writing style to make its suggestions?

      It doesn't look like it--it keeps suggesting phrases with exclamation points, which I dislike and never use. I was prepared to hate it at once and turn it off, but I decided to try it for a while. I haven't quite decided whether it's saving me any time or not, but at least I have learned to dismiss it quickly when I care to. I can see how I would have liked it for routine business email.

    • Thanks Chris! :) Yes, it absolutely learns from you. It actually suggests your previous responses so it does sound like something you wrote, and not an automatically generated response. And it technically is something that you've written before πŸ˜‰

    • When I think about how much computing it must require to learn every person's writing style and offer suggestions in real time, my mind is completely blown. 🀯 It's like what they do with mapping directions and keeping current traffic conditions on so many of the world's roads.

      It looks like some people are noticing that the suggestions it makes are creepy good:

    • If there's one company that can afford the resources required to pull this off, it's obviously Google so I'm not at all surprised πŸ˜† It's not freaking me out either, it's like typing suggestions from keyboards like SwiftKey: it remembers what you type and suggests a word you often type after the one already typed. Google just does the same but with whole sentences and language processing must also be involved. The tech is there, and they are putting it to use.