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by MoJo JoJo on February 2, 2015 - 9:53pm

With the new technological innovations that hit the market daily, there are concerns that they will lead to an abuse of mindless features. Particularly, a new feature in the world of communication, autocomplete, has some wondering about its negative effects on the way we communicate. It uses complicated algorithms that can predict what we are going to say next. By using this technology, we think less about our speech and become accustomed to using generic sentences. In turn, our conversations are less personal as our exchanges are just common and shallow phrases. Even if there are still a few glitches in the automation systems that exist today, the concerns are that as they improve, our dependency will also increase. Our conversations would simply be a compilation of superficial, computer generated thoughts. These algorithms designed to allow us to type faster could potentially take over our speech capacity.

The worry of technological dependence is not a new one. There have always been skeptics. However, since the consequences have never been proven, the concern cannot and should not be dismissed. It is always better to proceed with caution. For now, the best solution is to limit our own usage of these autocomplete technologies.

The original article written by Evan Selinger, "Will autocomplete make you too predictablewas published on the BBC main website on the 15th of January 2015. To learn more about this topic or to simply read the whole article, go to the following link: www.bbc.com/future/story/20150115-is-autocorrect-making-you-boring. I used this source as I find it reliable. For instance, the author suggests links to other articles that confirm his statements. Also, the article was issued on the BBC website and was edited after its publication to assure accuracy.

Comments

Very interesting topic! It may not seem like it, but autocomplete does have a significant impact on the way we communicate when using text message. It does provide helpful shortcuts, but this can lead to loosing the originality in the messages that you send to your friends. For many people, this can be an effective tool when trying to save time on their phones. Personally, I try to not to use autocorrect because it doesn't really know what I want to say and because I don't mind typing every letter in a text message. I also don't want to come to a point where I am depending on autocorrect to complete my sentences for me.