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Google is beefing up the Google Docs app with artificial intelligence and machine translation that will allow the word processing app to detect grammatical errors such as incorrect tenses, wrong comma and clause usage, and to distinguish the difference between words like effect and affect, according to Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge.
The new feature does not automatically correct grammar mistakes, but will instead present suggested changes that the user can accept or ignore. Real-time machine translation will be used in making the corrections, the same technology that enables text to be translated from one language to another which Google claims is now nearly as accurate as humans.
Such technology also powers Grammarly’s grammar checker that analyzes every sentence and Microsoft Word’s editor pane.
The new feature, to be called Grammar Suggestions, will not yet be widely available immediately but the online search giant will be rolling it initially to business users through an Early Adopter Program, and has to be activated by a systems administrator before it can be used. Neither did Google say when it would make the feature available to the general public or which languages it would support at rollout.
Besides Grammar Suggestions, Google is also rolling out the Smart Reply feature on the Hangouts chat app and the Smart Compose feature on Gmail for business users. Smart Reply generates artificial intelligence-enabled replies on Hangouts. On the other hand, Smart Compose allows sentences to be autocompleted based on the context of the email. It was rolled out as an experimental feature before but will now be made available to G Suite users.