God is My Co-Scientist

A colleague was just typing something on her iPad.  When she typed “law review,” it auto-corrected to “laser Jew.”


UPDATE: Other excellent examples can be found here.

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

16 thoughts on “God is My Co-Scientist”

  1. I typed “westingreader” into my iPhone and it auto-corrected to “SEATO greaser”. SEATO hasn’t existed since 1977.

  2. I was sending a link to some friends about one Michele Bachmann brain-fart or another. Thunderbird saw “Bachmann” in my message, and recommended as a correction, “Eichmann.”

    On reflection, I was forced to wonder if Thunderbird knows something I don’t.

  3. I once saw a 2nd grader’s turned in work, her name – something like “Ana Pinuelas” spell corrected as “Anal Pinwheels”. Absolutely terrible.

  4. I regularly use my Ipod touch to take fairly complete notes in seminars – to keep myself occupied, because it’s in my pocket anyway, and so I’ll have the notes in electronic format. The spellcheck is somewhat trainable, and the spellcheck is preferable to turning off the spellcheck – but in both cases only just so. What I really hate is the way that when I type a long word it doesn’t recognize (mistyped or not), the spellcheck often changes it to two utterly ludicrous words with a space between them. The spellcheck definitely needs better context-sensitive tools to figure out whether certain words it wants to propose even could be used together, and needs to give up more easily.

  5. Typing on an iPad?
    If anybody wanted proof that Jobs was not a genius, there you go.
    Except for one thing…
    He also bought the company that built Siri.

    Which is all to say:
    We’ll let our digital assistant do the typing…
    And In crowded situations we’ll have electronic pickups on our throats that will translate our subvocalizations into text.
    Or electrodes in the brain.

    Keyboards for mobile computing are insanely lame…
    Learning to type with the thumbs? Are you kidding me?
    That’s like learning to swim backwards.

  6. What’s to discuss? We already knew the Jews were out to take over the world – now we know what weapons we’re to use in the process. It’s just too bad Steve Jobs gave the game away.

  7. I once had a secretary who occasionally would type the words “does not” as doe – well, you figure it out. And spell check wouldn’t catch it.

  8. My iPad (OK my daughter’s iPad but she doesn’t read samefacts) is set for Italian. The sad thing is that, when I surf the web with it, I can’t resist the temptation to comment on blogs. I will be back with my iPad typing and accepting (no I mean not refusing — why isn’t the default to ignore the iPad ???) corrections.

  9. Nere I am again. Let’s see WBA the iPad dose . Can anione guess what I tip ed ? Godo for coded messages to’ jeep stuff secret from old costerà (last word was codgers)

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