Apps like SwiftKey put AI in our pockets to help us sort out the patterns of human language

When most people think of artificial intelligence, they think of Cylons, or Terminators, or HAL—sentient robots who turn on their masters in an effort to destroy the human race. But companies like SwiftKey, who are making helpful, smartphone-compatible artificial intelligence apps, are trying to change that.

SwiftKey Neural Alpha is the world’s first artificially intelligent smartphone keyboard. The keyboard uses machine learning to help predict what words the user is likely to enter by understanding the way the user puts sentences together.

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