Do you remember the early days of surfing the web with help from providers like AOL and Prodigy? They were some of the earliest pioneers to offer “dial-up” connections to the internet.
If you had service with AOL, it came with an AOL Mail account. For many of us, it was our first opportunity to experience email. There have been tons of email options to choose from since those days.
The most popular email service nowadays is Gmail, from Google. It boasts over 1 billion active monthly users worldwide. Impressive! Time for some bad news. Google is adding a new feature to Gmail that might drive you crazy.
OK Google, why are you doing this?
If you’re like most people, there’s that one email address that you’re super loyal to and have had for years. Yahoo! may have been your go-to email in the past. Until recently of course, when the company had massive data breaches that exposed every one of its user’s information to the world.
Now, Gmail seems to be most people’s go-to for email. The perks of a Google account are limitless: You have instant access to YouTube, Google Calendars, Google Drive, Google Docs and even Google Plus. You can send documents, post videos, and share links to your heart’s content.
However, Gmail is getting a new feature that you might not like at all. It’s called Smart Compose and is expected to roll out in the next few weeks.
How does it work?
Google said, “Smart Compose is powered by artificial intelligence (AI), to help you draft emails from scratch, faster. From your greeting to your closing (and common phrases in between), Smart Compose suggests complete sentences in your emails so that you can draft them with ease.
“Because it operates in the background, you can write an email like you normally would, and Smart Compose will offer suggestions as you type. When you see a suggestion that you like, click the ‘tab’ button to use it.”
Image: Demonstration of Smart Compose. (Source: Google)
The feature is intended to save you time. It’s designed to reduce the amount of repetitive writing that you do while lowering the chance of grammatical and spelling errors. In theory, this actually sounds like a cool feature. However, in practice, it might end up being frustrating and annoying.
Let me explain. Smart Compose will suggest phrases that are supposed to be contextually relevant. An example given by Google is if it’s Friday it may suggest “Have a great weekend!” as a closing phrase to an email.
But can we really trust AI to be on point? That and the fact that it’s always running in the background could be distracting.
There’s most likely going to be tons of people who don’t want anything to do with Smart Compose. What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts on this new feature.
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