To make everything more inclusive, Google has rolled out a new feature that corrects your sentences with language that is considered woke and inclusive.
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According to a story in the Telegraph, Google’s document editor will begin to correct the language of people’s writing to make it more ‘inclusive.’
The piece, titled Big Brother (sorry, Big Person) is correcting you on Google, explains how the company plans to adopt ‘inclusive warnings’ on Google Docs, advising users to avoid using gendered phrases like ‘policeman’ and ‘landlord.’
Users will be warned that what they entered “may not be inclusive to all readers,” and that they should “Consider using different words,” with suggestions such as “police officer” or “property owner.”
However, even technical terms like ‘motherboard’ are affected by Google’s woke correction, according to the article.
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When googling for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech, Google suggests altering it to ‘for all humankind’ rather than ‘for all mankind.’
Google’s attempt to control and change language has been slammed by critics, with Silkie Carlo, the director of the rights group Big Brother Watch, calling it “deeply intrusive.”
“With Google’s new assistive writing tool, the company is not only reading every word you type but telling you what to type,” she noted.
“This speech-policing is profoundly clumsy, creepy and wrong, often reinforcing bias. Invasive tech like this undermines privacy, freedom of expression and increasingly freedom of thought,” Carlo added.
“Not only is this incredibly conceited and patronising – it can also serve to stifle individuality, self-expression, experimentation, and – from a purely utilitarian perspective – progress,” said Lazar Radic, a senior scholar in economic policy at the International Centre for Law and Economics.
“What if ‘landlord’ is the better choice because it makes more sense, narratively, in a novel?” Radic wondered. “What if ‘house owner’ sounds wooden and fails to invoke the same sense of poignancy? What if the defendant really was a ‘housewife’ – and refers to herself as such? Should all written pieces – including written forms of art, such as novels, lyrics, and poetry – follow the same, boring template?”
For what the company refers to as ‘enterprise-level users,’ the feature on Google Docs, which could simply be shifted over to its search engine, is now enabled by default.
“Assisted writing uses language understanding models, which rely on millions of common phrases and sentences to automatically learn how people communicate,” according to Google. ” This also means they can reflect some human cognitive biases.”
As a result, Google has taken on the role of the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s 1984, controlling language and ensuring that its Newspeak is used wherever possible.
That novel was a dystopian cautionary tale, not a how-to guide.