GMail Autopilot Needs to Go Live. For Real.




Google released its annual April Fool’s gag today, called GMail Autopilot. It’s an intelligent email autoresponder that answers email just the way you would, by mimicking your behavior using cutting-edge “CADIE” technology. Here’s what the company wrote on the GMail site:

Email will never be a thing of the past, but actually reading and writing messages is about to be. Gmail Autopilot automatically manages your inbox better than you can, with zero effort from you.

Keep in touch
Brand-new CADIE technology enables Autopilot to scan every one of your incoming messages and automatically send the perfect reply.

Manage relationships
Impress everyone with your prompt and insightful responses to everything from urgent notes from your boss to cute messages from your significant other.

Match your style
Autopilot calibrates for tone, typos and preferred punctuation. It’s just like you, but automated.

Not a bad idea, is it? Companies do it all the time, in the form of canned responses. Politicians to it too. The difference between companies, politicians, and the average Joe is that the former have a staff of humans to ensure the correspondence goes smoothly.

If the GMail Autopilot were real, I’d use it.

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Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

Currently, I create and execute content- and PR strategies for clients, including thought leadership and messaging. I also ghostwrite and produce press releases, white papers, case studies and other collateral.