Smartphone Too Smart For Own Good?

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iPhone.

Don't type too fast.

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The spell checking function on my smart phone is pretty darn smart. It knows, for instance, that I mean "thanks" when I type "thabkd," and it picks up a lot of slack with words like "necessary," and "license." But for the first month that I had it, it thought "xo" meant "so", which is a pretty defensive way to end an email. And it changed "love and kisses" to "lush and kitsch." None of that, however, compares with the change it made to this text message I sent my husband the other day when he was shopping for bread at the grocery store. I told him I didn't like the texture of the high fiber bread we bought the last time — and it changed "less fiber," to "less Fuhrer." That's right, with a capital F and an umlaut and everything. It was sort of shocking, though, admittedly the less Fuhrer, the better. What has my phone been doing in its secret spell check life!? Other words it knows, and uses liberally: "glasnost", "Sartre," and "guillotine." If robots ever take over the earth, the iPhone army could be a powerful ally. (Unless they are too filled with existential ennui.)

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