When Autocorrect Exacts its Revenge

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Faster communications are not necessarily better, especially when a machine is doing the interpreting. It can cause real panic for recipients.

When retirees Paul and Pauline Bjorkholm decided to go on a monthlong trek through Nepal, their daughter and son-in-law were not thrilled at the idea. The thought of the couple in their late 60s hiking through the mountains in a foreign country halfway around the world worried the younger couple.

“We asked them to keep in touch at tea houses (internet cafés) along the way, thinking it was the best way to ensure they were safe,” said their daughter, Jill Easter.


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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television and video host whose work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Fortune, Automobile, Motor Trend, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories using a variety of media and taking the visitor places that they have never been–whether it’s into the cockpit of a rare supercar, inside an exclusive home or hotel, or behind the scenes of a fashionable event. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher.

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