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My brain has autocomplete wrong

Autocomplete in my brain

 

Let me paint the scene

The other day, I was walking down the hallway with a few of my coworkers to get a cup of coffee.  One of the people I was with said something, and I responded back, but one of the words that I said was a bit off.  The beginning of the word was right, but the end… not so much.

… and then, a theory walked in.

I’ve found myself doing this quite often as of late and it seems to be occurring more and more frequently.  In my head, I find that I am already thinking of something else by the time I speak and so I am losing track of what I was trying to say.  After talking to my sister about this phenomenon, she came up with a pretty solid theory.

 

 

She thinks that it’s autocomplete’s fault… and I think she might be right!

Autocomplete – its being used more and more everywhere, from typing on my iPhone, to generating search result terms.  Even facebook and twitter use autocomplete.

So where does this lead?  I can’t imagine that I’m the only person who has experienced this.  What I do wonder is if this is even more of an issue for individuals who are glued to their devices more so than I am.  I do search a lot and use my phone, but I am also off the computer often enough to have meaningful conversations with my husband and to play with my kids… daily(I know… I know… I need to cut them off, right?  But I can’t!  Their faces… they’re just so darn cute.  How can a person say no to those faces?!).  I even cook and exercise!  So what about those other… more normal computer and device users?  Did they somehow get an upgrade?  Or… oh, I have a better theory.  Maybe they just don’t talk any longer.  Maybe they mind meld with each other.  That’s got to be it.

 

Progress!

Either way, it’s an interesting issue to have.  Does anyone know when “they’re” going to upgrade the autocomplete scripts in my head?  They seem to be pulling up the wrong words lately.  I wonder if the project lost its funding…

 

2 Comments

  • Siderite

    I have this thing happening to me when I am typing something, say C# code, and I know I just typoed, but I feel like the IDE and compiler should realise that and fix it (a la Google Search). As for the words coming out of my mouth, I can’t be a reliable source of comparison, as I never know what exactly comes out until it does and then people go “What?”. I am a lot smarter when typing, I tell you that. Kudos to the inventor of backspace!

    • Ariel

      I can very much identify with what you wrote here. I’d not thought on programming, but intellisense is very much one of the multitude of contributors towards the “autocomplete” that is now resulting in my speech pattern changes.

      Quote from Siderite:
      As for the words coming out of my mouth, I can’t be a reliable source of comparison, as I never know what exactly comes out until it does and then people go “What?”. I am a lot smarter when typing, I tell you that.

      I feel the same. I feel like I’m able to “think better” when typing than in-person. There’s a sort of pressure placed upon speech when in the presence of someone who is waiting for you to finish. At times, my poor verbal responses will get to such a noticeably poor level that they ‘inspire’ me to keep my lips closed and just listen rather than spew something useless or nonsensical. *sigh*

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