Google to use Artificial Intelligence to keep inbox free of spam

By | July 11, 2015


The news of Artificial Intelligence has been received by people in two different ways, one is worried about the future and others are pretty excited about the new technology. The first group has some technology and computer experts, who are worried about the possibility of future threats caused by out of control Artificial Intelligence. Other group consists of some novel technology experts, who are excited about the technology. Google has announced this week, that it is using machine learning technology to keep your inbox free of spam.

Yesterday, in a blog posted by Sri Harsha Somanchi, Google product manager has explained that Gmail spam filter now uses an artificial neural network to detect and block the specifically sneaky spam, a kind of mail that could actually pass as inbox mail. Google is also deploying its machine, which can learn the tech to adapt to particular user’s inbox choices, which will lead to create a custom spam filters. Somanchi also writes, “So while your neighbor may love weekly email newsletters, you may loathe them. With advances in machine learning, the spam filter can now reflect these individual preferences.”

This is a difficult task for Google to explain the working procedure of this new neural networks filter, but the results are pretty clear. The company states that less than 0.1 percent mail arriving in the average Gmail inbox is spam now. The false identification of wanted mail to spam is less than 0.05 percent. Surely, this has been improvement from the company’s claim made in 2012, where they said that less than 1 percent of incoming mail to the Gmail Inbox is unwanted. This will help the people to use and organize their Gmail comfortably and it will give them better Gmail using experience.

So we think about the AI used by Google, then we must say that this AI turns out to be pretty helpful. Since 2013, Facebook has been also researching to use an artificial intelligence to control your News Feed. According to a report of Wired from this week, Twitter is also researching about the use of artificial intelligence to filter the unwanted messages. This also leads us to vast use of artificial intelligence to keep the internet users happy, but once the artificial intelligence gets out of control, the real problem will arise.