Gmail - it'll write your emails for you

5 November 2015

new google logo Tired of actually replying to people's emails? Are they always bothering you and making you answer them about all manner of inane pish? Well, Google want to help, as they've created a bit of software that will do the work for you.

Thanks to an updated version of the Inbox app, it'll read your emails for you (Google are already doing that though, right, satire fans?) and then give you some suggested replies to choose from.

In a blog, Gmail software engineer Balint Miklos said that the feature "uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly." Ultimately, the hope to have enough good and appropriate replies, that you can reply to most emails by clicking a couple of buttons. The more you use it, the more it'll learn your patterns.

Obviously, there's similar things in the world like this already, but Google's offering seems a bit more complex than the rest. Complex how? Well, get this - Google engineers worked on a 'neural network', which is a huge network of machines that are meant to mimic the human brain. Imagine that. Google reading all your emails and then processing them through machines that copy your brain. Sci-fi writers will be doing somersaults at the news.

Google pre-empted some privacy concerns, but don't exactly allay them: "In developing Smart Reply we adhered to the same rigorous user privacy standards we've always held – in other words, no humans reading your email."

We can't wait for someone to reply to a bosses' email by pressing the wrong button and saying "I love you" after they've been told they have to sack a load of staff.

TOPICS:   Technology

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