Microsoft’s SwiftKey adds AI: Now it’s even smarter at knowing what you want to type

Having previously seen the phrase ‘Let’s meet at the airport’, SwiftKey can now infer that ‘office’ or ‘hotel’ are similar words that could also be appropriate predictions in place of ‘airport’. Image: Microsoft Microsoft has released an overhauled version of its popular Android and iOS keyboard, SwiftKey, which packs a neural network into a smartphone. Artificial intelligence, it seems, is suddenly everywhere, helping personal assistants from Google, Apple and Microsoft understand your speech and talk naturally, as well as organize your life’s photos and translate your words into foreign languages. With Microsoft’s updated SwiftKey keyboard, the company says it becomes “the first instance of neural networks being used locally on a smartphone”. However, Google has also used a mini neural network its Google Translate app, which enabled text to be…


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