Microsoft announced that it’s latest update to Word will leverage artificial intelligence to monitor for political correctness infractions. The AI tool is being touted as a way to help writers improve their text. But clearly, the “inclusive language” tool also aims to keep writers in political correctness check.
“Beginning this fall, people working in Word Online who are in search of inspiration and insights on how to make their document better will be able to receive intelligent suggestions with Ideas – a feature that is already making people more productive in PowerPoint and Excel,” stated John Roach on Microsoft’s AI blog. “The Ideas in Word feature uses machine learning and intelligence from Microsoft Graph to help users write polished prose, create more professional documents and efficiently navigate documents created by others.”
As for an example of how Microsoft Word’s AI tool will monitor inclusivity language, Roach gave the example of using “police officer” over “Policeman.” In other words, Word will point out non-gender inclusive language incidents, persuading the writer to accept the AI recommendation.
The Word update also calculates average document reading time, but let’s be honest, the meat and potatoes remain the political correctness correction tool.
At what point will software monitor what our thoughts and feelings are? In other words, does the future lend itself to monitoring gun speech or medical speech? Eventually, AI could force holistic health writers that object to using pharmaceutical medications to “factually comply.” While it sounds absurd, one must consider that a decade ago, we’d never thought the most popular writing software in the world would correct our use of “policeman.”
The days of censorship are upon us as more and more oddball censoring measures trickle down. This is as Orwellian as it gets.
More and more prominent corporations are getting on board with censorship agendas.
Earlier this year, Paypal admitted that it censors based on social justice initiatives. Facebook recently banned a number of conservative thinkers. The writing is on the wall at this juncture.
Author: Jim Satney
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