Get ready for your life to feel a bit more like science fiction.
Google announced Tuesday that its Inbox email service will be able to compose simple replies for its users beginning this Thursday. The "Smart Reply" function will predict which of your emails can be answered with a "short reply" and then write and present a few possible responses for you to choose from.
Yes, this is real, and it'll look like this.
Pretty wild, right? A spokeswoman for Google told The Huffington Post that Inbox will get better at predicting the replies you need based on which ones you select.
Inbox, which was first introduced last year, is intended to sort through your email and present everything to you in a more convenient way. For example, it can recognize which of your emails are promotions from companies, which are reminders you sent to yourself and so on. Its ability to automatically compose replies is thus something of a natural evolution for a service that's already adept at digesting your messages.
If you use Google services and you're concerned about what the company knows about you, don't forget that the tech giant recently introduced streamlined privacy controls. The rest of us will be over here exalting our glorious Borg Queen.
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