Google wants to finish your sentences. That's a problem.

Why moving the Smart Compose feature into Google Docs is bad for language

A robot writer.
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Google recently announced it will bring its Smart Compose feature from Gmail over to Google Docs. The move will leverage the search giant's expertise in machine learning to empower consumers to streamline communication and save time, allowing them to live better, happier, healthier lives.

Ok, I'm sorry, that was awful. It probably won't make anyone happier or healthier. Google's phrase-suggesting tool — you type "looking" and it prompts "forward to it" — has from the start been a little leaden and depressing, not so much because it's bad but because it's good. I use it constantly. Because in those mundane emails about setting up appointments or going over details, it tends to suggest exactly what I need.

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