Google introduced the smart reply. The feature will be able to think for you and probably send emails on your behalf. The feature was unveiled on Tuesday and it’s totally insane. Ideally, I always find it hard to send official emails to high ranked people, mostly government officials – old school workers. This is majorly influenced by the quick chats that I am addicted to on Twitter and WhatsApp.
The smart reply will make things easier since it analyzes the text of incoming email and offers three tailored responses that you can ignore or customize. The new feature will surface this week in the version of the Inbox app that runs on smartphones and tablets powered by Google’s Android software and Apple iOS. The feature will be available on Google Play and App Store.
The new feature suggests up to three responses based on the emails you get. For those emails that only need a quick response, it can take care of the thinking and save precious time spent typing. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away.
The feature uses a complicated tech known as deep learning, in other words artificial intelligence. Google has been using deep learning for years and it has delivered great services. The tech thinks exactly like the human mind. Google already screens out spam, identifies photo subjects, translates text and tries to spot trends in your spreadsheet data.
“The possibilities of machine learning are endless,” said Amit Singh, president of the Google for Work program, as he announced the smart-reply feature at the Web Summit tech conference.
Cnet reports, smart reply begins as a smartphone app, a fitting choice for the quick answers the technology offers. For one thing, it reduces the likelihood that Google’s electronic brains will go too far with suggested responses. For another, it’s a pain typing long answers on a small phone screen, so prefab answers are likely to be more appropriate.
“On mobile, the actions we take in writing emails are very short and typically very action-oriented,” Singh said.
Google wants to make work easier for its users and the new features complement the advancements. Four months ago Google enabled the undo send on Gmail. The feature is helpful in many ways and Gmail users have something to smile about. Besides that, the company is getting deeper through a machine-learning system known as deep neural networks. The system learns from human signals, such as the responses that people choose or avoid.