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Gmail is going to use artificial intelligence to let you answer emails faster

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced at Google’s I/O event on Wednesday that the company is releasing a new version of Smart Reply for Gmail — a service that uses artificial intelligence to make replying to emails a cinch.
  • The feature — originally rolled out on its Inbox email app in 2015 and currently also available on its Allo messaging app — uses machine learning to predict responses. This technology is now coming to Gmail on iOS and Android devices. Read more (5/17/17)

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The accelerating dataification of the world does make it less and less pertinent to think of the online world and the real world, cyberspace and reality, as being separate. “Look at Android, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search. That’s what we do. We make products that people can’t live without”, is how they put it in Mountain View. Yet, in the past few years, the ubiquity of connected devices in the everyday lives of human beings has triggered some survival reflexes. Certain barkeepers decided to ban Google Glasses from their establishments - which became truly hip as a result, it should be said. Initiatives are blossoming that encourage people to disconnect occasionally (one day per week, for a weekend, a month) in order to take note of their dependence on technological objects and re-experience an “authentic” contact with reality. The attempt proves to be futile of course. The pleasant weekend at the seashore with one’s family and without the smartphones is lived primarily as an experience of disconnection; that is, as something immediately anticipating the moment of reconnection, when it will be shared on the Internet.
—  To Our Friends - The Invisible Committee 

Gmail reportedly testing new inbox tabs, ‘snooze’ feature for messages
Gmail may be getting some new inbox-wrangling features. Android screenshots leaked by Geek.com suggest that Google is testing a version of Gmail with new tabs for travel, purchases, and finance, which will supplement the current Social, Promotional, Updates, and Forums tabs that users can add alongside their default inbox. These extra options were added to Gmail’s Smartlabels lab feature earlier this year, but they’d be a set of fairly specific expansions for Gmail tabs. The leaked version is also said to include some new tools for making sure important messages don’t get lost. In place of the old stars, there’s apparently a system for pinning messages to the top of your inbox, and a snooze feature lets you read an email, then set it to be marked as unread and moved back to the top of the inbox after a set period of time.