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    Auto-Complete Isn’t Just Predicting, It’s Changing Us

    When you go “hi,” they go “hey.” That greeting choice might seem trivial, but Google’s predictive text function can change how we communicate, even our behavior, as we subconsciously anticipate our AI masters’ demands. Digital epigenetics — how experience triggers existing, inheritable DNA traits — is actually being researched by Google in connection with apps that nudge people’s behavior. That could offer benefits, with users and their offspring making healthier or more ecologically sound choices, but as Big Tech gains “species-level understanding,” how else might it alter humankind?

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