Google Scribe is autocomplete meets word processing. It looks at everything you’ve typed so far, and predicts what you’re going to say next. For example, Scribe believes I am now about to write: they are not the only one who can not afford to pay for the cost of the project is to develop a new generation of protein database.
I feel like I’m connected to the spirit world, except that the spirit world is an amalgam of a billion Internet users and Google’s massive server farm.
What I like about Scribe is that you can see how surprising each word is. If Google can’t predict what you’re about to say, what you’re saying is truly novel.
At the bottom of every page on this website, there’s a little statement about ourselves:
BERG is a design consultancy, working hands-on with companies to research and develop their technologies and strategy, primarily by finding opportunities in networks and physical things.
I made a chart of word-by-word surprisingness: given the statement so far, could Scribe predict what would come next?
Here are the results:
I learn that about half of the statement is exactly what Google’s spirit world expects, which goes to show it could be more concise and higher signal-to-noise.
Use this technique to avoid redundancy in speech or writing.