In a list of the top 3 things I hate about my job, all of them are reading my email. Nothing is worse than getting into a task, only to be distracted and swept away by an onslaught of annoying emails, ensuring that you will never get any actual work done. Gmail feels us and in Ex Machina style has created the AI of the future that does the best thing an AI could ever be programmed to do – answer your email.
Gmail calls this sorcery “deep learning,” and basically what it does is read your emails for you and then draft brief responses based on the content and how it thinks you would respond. This technology creates not one, not two, but three responses to the email, allowing you to simply choose both the content and tone in which you would like to respond.
“The network will tailor both the tone and content of the responses to the email you’re reading,” says Google product management director Alex Gawley. It gives you three of these responses, and you can then choose the one that best suits what you want to say.
If this is the future, I’m on board. The only negative here? Get ready to say goodbye to that handy “Oh, I didn’t see your email” excuse. On the other hand, you’ve got a great new excuse when your boss asks you about that angry customer service email – “Gmail made me do it.”.