Apple Goes Part Time on Touch

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Speaking of Apple and innovation, here's Steven Levy on the new MacBook Pro with its Touch Bar:

Slipping a finger toward what used to be a function key row to choose a word screwed up my orientation to the standard part of the keyboard, and interrupted my typing flow. Ultimately, I got a little better at it. But then, I found that if I got into a mode of looking at the next word Apple suggested, I wound up making choices determined by the company’s machine learning algorithms as opposed to the supposedly clever original language I am paid to craft. (For instance, in the above paragraph, the word “powerful” popped up when I was mentally searching for the right adjective. Done!)

I've somehow never considered this, even though the suggest-a-word feature has been on iOS for a while. What if such technology does alter the way we write...

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