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Emoji may overrun the world, but there’s hope: AI may kill it



FORGET DONALD TRUMP. Let’s talk about something truly dim and oaflsh: emoji.

The world is in the middle of a disturbing emoji-gasm. You can go see The Emoji Movie and sit through a plot as nuanced and complex as an old episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. (Don’t miss esteemed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart getting to be the voice of Poop.) July also brought us World Emoji Day. To mark the occasion, Apple trumpeted its upcoming release of new emoji, a milestone for society that might only be topped by a new shape of marshmallow in Lucky Charms. Microsoft, always an innovator in artificial intelligence, announced a version of its SwiftKey phone keyboard that will predict which emoji you should use based on what you’re typing. Just one more reason to be scared of AI.

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