Get ready to bring your love/hate relationship with autocorrect to composing emails in Gmail.
At its I/O developers conference today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is broadly rolling out a Gmail feature it calls Smart Compose. The AI-powered tool automatically suggests phrases while you’re typing. The feature has previously been available to some users.
A new feature powered by AI, we're launching Smart Compose in @gmail to help you draft emails more quickly by providing interactive suggestions as you type → https://t.co/nJIWG29M0T #io18 pic.twitter.com/DKjqDdl5ts
— Google (@Google) May 8, 2018
It’s good, Pichai says, at auto-composing things like addresses, or suggestions for meeting times.
That could be a big help for simple messages, but it’s easy to imagine the feature being frustrating–the way autocorrect sometimes makes us all want to stab something–if it makes too many illegitimate suggestions.
The proof, as always, is in the pudding.