Google will not assume your gender

To improve your efficiency when typing out emails on your phone, Gmail has a feature that automatically completes your sentences. This saves you the precious seconds it takes to type out a couple of extra characters. That being said, you’ll unfortunately be left to type the words “him” and “her” for yourself.

The reasoning behind the company’s decision to exclude pronoun is that they’re their technology “might predict someone’s sex or gender identity incorrectly and offend users.”

Thanks to Google, you’ll be saved from the embarrassment of identifying someone by the wrong gender pronoun. In addition to composing emails, the technology has been implemented in Google’s Smart Reply feature.  You either don’t address the individual by their preferred pronoun, or you take a wild guess and hope you don’t offend someone.

With an ambiguous name like Hoang, I’ve often been a victim of incorrect pronoun assumptions. I probably can’t count on my fingers how many times I’ve been addressed as Mrs., Ms., or Ma’am when I prefer to be addressed as Greatest of All Time.

 


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