Funny coincidence: The other night I sent my partner in crime a text with the word “Clamato” – you know, the drink mix. Or so I thought. What she received was the auto-corrected work “calamari” – which made absolutely no sense in context. Her response was appropriate.
The next day, I came upon this amusing piece in The New York Times, headlined “Auto Crrect Ths!” As James Gleick writes, “In the past, we were responsible for our own typographical errors. Now Autocorrect has taken charge. This is no small matter. It is a step in our evolution — the grafting of silicon into our formerly carbon-based species, in the name of collective intelligence. Or unintelligence as the case may be.”
Gleick goes on to explain how algorithms are to blame. Take a few minutes to read the piece – you will definitely relate.