Around 2013, natural language processing and chatbots began dominating our lives. At first Google Search had seemed more like an index, a tool that required a little skill in order to find what you were looking for. But it soon got smarter and would accept more and more natural language searches. Then smart phone autocomplete began to get sophisticated. The middle button was often exactly the word you were looking for.[1]


Hit the middle button ( repeatedly on a smart phone predictive text keyboard to learn what Google thinks you want to say next. It was first introduced on Reddit as the “SwiftKey game” ( in 2013. ...

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