Some say people are easily offended these days, especially by what they read. Microsoft evidently shares that sentiment, as the company has introduced an addition to future versions of Word that will ensure writing is politically correct.
Dubbed “Ideas for Word,” the feature uses the power of AI to not only check for grammatical staples such as “clarity” and “conciseness,” but also for “formality” and “inclusiveness.” In one example given by Fast Company, an insensitive phrase such as “fresh blood” would be replaced by “new employees,” while “mailperson” would override “mailman” to avoid gender bias.
The AI will even check for ”sensitive geopolitical terms” to prevent writing that may be offensive to international audiences or other cultures. Experienced writers who can’t bear to see any more squiggly underlines can simply turn the feature off in settings.