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Google's New E-Mail Bot Writes Your Replies

  • Tool uses artificial intelligence to produce simple responses
  • Feature relies on similar approach to AI within search engine
A Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.

A Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Google, not content with trying to be your search engine, music library, e-mail service, fitness monitor and Internet advertising billboard, now wants to be your secretary.

The Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary said Tuesday that its Inbox e-mail service is getting a free tool named Smart Reply, which uses artificial intelligence to scan the contents of messages, pick three of a possible 20,000 common responses and suggest them to you.