Google’s new “Reply” system could text your friends back for you

February 14, 2018
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Google's experimental product lab is reportedly testing a new system called “Reply” that will auto-reply to your messages—and it's Black Mirror-esque, for sure.

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According to The Guardian, the “Reply” system would work for Google Hangouts and Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack. That's a lot of apps.

Think of it like the AI-based suggested replies that we have in Gmail now—except you'd be taking it to the next level. The Guardian reports that it'd use the same system as they use now for the suggested one-tap answers, but “it will go further, taking your location, your calendar and other bits of information into account.”

Reply could reportedly also tell people when you aren't free to chat, but also scan for incoming messages for those important things that you won't want to miss.

Yeah, it's a little bit eerie. How smart can a smartphone really be?

Written by Maggie Dickman