What if someone tried to contact you and the only response he will get will be “master not available. Only us robots in here.”?
Who of us can’t remember those sci-fi movies or books where machines were employed to take over menial human tasks? The Jetsons had their own robotic maid and Doctor Bowman from “2001: A space odyssey” had HAL to help him in his space journey. How about, instead of responding to your own emails all the time, a robot would do it for you?
Well, as of today, Google is planning on designing your own virtual secretary capable of responding to your emails while you are away.
This brand new and rather promising piece of technology will be part of an update Google has been working on. The whole point of the update is to enhance user experience when it comes to inbox and outbox procedures. As a little incentive for all those who spend a great deal of time working with the email service, once the update will be fully optimized, Google plans to make it available to both free and premium versions of Inbox.
So, how does the whole “master not available. Only us robots in here.” thing actually works? Have you seen Autocorrect in action? That both annoying and useful application refined by Apple, in which the phone provides you with words suggestions while you write a text message. Basically, Google’s new Inbox update works on the same principle.
Programmers will feed an artificial intelligence with a couple of key words needed to formulate an answer. These key words are then combined by the machine in order to form intelligible answers. Then the machine takes in all your emails and prioritizes them. After the machine draws the hierarchy he will start responding to emails.
The artificial intelligence will then compute answering possibilities for each email and formulate the response accordingly.
This awesome feature was announced by Google this Tuesday and as they point out, this is the first step in their endeavor to allow machines to take over some tasks without a human supervision.
What will it be next? Flying cars, vacation to the moon, business affairs on Saturn? Who can say? Maybe we are hopeless romantics when it comes to imagining how the future will look like, but one thing is for sure. We are taking the right steps in the rights direction.
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