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Google's genius AI can reply to your emails for you

Google's genius AI can reply to your emails for you
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We've told you that some of the smartest people in technology, like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, are worried about the future of artificial intelligence. If it develops without controls, it's feared that robots can become smarter than humans and take over.

Of course, there are good sides to AI, too. Just imagine how robots and smart machines are already helping you in your everyday life, whether it's vacuuming your carpet or going into war zones so your children can remain safe at home.

On a smaller scale, AI can be extremely helpful, too. One of the tasks AI is already taking on is answering your emails so you don't have to.

Google's Gmail, the most-used Internet-based email in the world, is developing a new AI feature called Smart Reply. It's designed to respond to your emails with a few automated responses.

This isn't small stuff. Google is using something called Deep Learning to create Smart Reply. It uses a neural network of countless computers, in this case Gmail messages, with the goal of mimicking the human brain.

Google, for instance, is feeding thousands of emails into its neural network, so Gmail can learn email conversations and respond appropriately. It reads your email and comes up with an appropriate response based on its contents.

It can generate up to 20,000 responses, but each with just a few words, like "Thanks" or "No plans yet." Google's using something called long-short-term-memory to identify email conversations.

Of course, there are limitations to how well Smart Reply is, so Google is covering its bases. Gmail's Smart Reply sends three brief email responses to each email, just in case one or two of those responses don't make sense. You can also edit those responses.

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Source: Wired
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