According to a new story from Reuters, Google is carefully instructing its Gmail auto-suggest technology to avoid completing sentences with gender-based pronouns because users might accidentally get offended by the wrong “guess.” Which to be fair, they’re probably not wrong about, given the hypersensitivity of today’s social media users.
Alphabet Inc’s Google in May introduced a slick feature for Gmail that automatically completes sentences for users as they type. Tap out “I love” and Gmail might propose “you” or “it.”
But users are out of luck if the object of their affection is “him” or “her.”
Google’s technology will not suggest gender-based pronouns because the risk is too high that its “Smart Compose” technology might predict someone’s sex or gender identity incorrectly and offend users, product leaders revealed to Reuters in interviews.
Gmail product manager Paul Lambert said a company research scientist discovered the problem in January when he typed “I am meeting an investor next week,” and Smart Compose suggested a possible follow-up question: “Do you want to meet him?” instead of “her.”
“Not all ‘screw ups’ are equal,” Lambert said. Gender is a “a big, big thing” to get wrong.
Is it, though? Is it, when we’re talking about a computer putting words up on a screen? Is it, when this computer has never looked at your picture and deemed you “manly” or “feminine”? Is it, when it is simply using some kind of algorithmic prediction technology that has absolutely nothing to do with who you are as a person or your gender identity or any of that nonsense? Is it really a “big, big thing” to get wrong? Come on.
But this is the world we live in, where even AI systems have to be WOKE so that they don’t inflame the mob on social media. In the meantime, the Google auto-suggest will proceed to “misgender” everyone by referring to them as “its” and “theys.”
It won’t be long before the leftist masses demand that we do away with specific gender pronouns altogether so that .009% of the population doesn’t feel offended by the rest of the world. We can then do away with dresses, makeup, suits, ties, and everything else. We can just all walk around in colorless jumpsuits and shaved heads and not make any eye contact because we’re too terrified to say the wrong thing.