Google’s AI pitch is a recipe for e-mail hell

Google’s Cathy Edwards onstage at Google I/O 2023.
Screenshot taken from the Google I/O 2023 keynote replay

Of all of the feelings I anticipated out of this week’s Google I/O keynote, “dread” was not on my brief checklist. Google has spent a few many years creating merchandise that make my life simpler. This week, it demonstrated the precise reverse: a option to make speaking with different individuals worse.

Google I/O, this yr, was targeted on synthetic intelligence, and one in all its centerpieces was prompt-based textual content technology, notably in Google’s workplace suite. At a number of factors all through the keynote, it demoed a system known as “Assist me write” — which rewrites easy prompts in Gmail and different apps as extra polished paragraphs of textual content. However extra polished doesn’t mechanically imply higher.

Good writing can delight us with an intriguing flip of phrase. It…

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