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Apr 23, 2018

Google’s AI-enhanced spreadsheets are a taste of white-collar automation

The headline above is copy pasted from their clickbait on Facebook - terrible. Not everything that is cool & new in software is an AI threat to jobs, subsequently democracy and will ultimately destroy humanity. The article is about a super nice UI tweak for spread sheets: you can ask "create a histogram of xyz sales" and the spreadsheet just does it if the according data is there. There may be AI involved. But that is so far away from an AI deciding whether it makes sense to create that histogram, or what to do with it, or "white collar automation" in any way.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608023/google-sprinkles-ai-on-its-spreadsheets-to-automate-away-some-office-work/