Google will soon scan the content of your emails and serve up what it thinks is the perfect reply. Sort of like auto correct, except for entire sentences and paragraphs instead of words. The new feature, called Smart Reply, identifies emails that require a response and presents three options for replies. Smart Reply will roll out soon for people using Google's Inbox for Gmail app. The future of technology and automation has many looks: search and rescue robots that look like dongs, and robots that can walk around like giant dogs. Email is also going to receive some futuristic upgrades.
Gmail has been trying to revolutionize email for some time. They recently released their "undo send" feature, which comes in handy when you drunkenly quit a job or a significant other. Perhaps the future of email is one in which you don't have to think about your replies. It sounds handy; laboring over the perfect thing to say to prospective employers and lovers is a tedious business. The only downside is how deep we fall into the rabbit hole. It could provide fun and festive ways to send rejection form letters when you have to RSVP for functions you dread attending.
Only time will tell how much regular citizens choose to use such features. It could be a very practical tool, or it could produce results as hilarious as the Google searches that make us laugh when the search engine auto completes suggested queries. Or we'll have to add a signature that guarantees it is in fact us writing the email, just like Barack Obama signs his own posts.