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Just a few weeks after Apple fixed a weired issue in its iOS 11 operating system that resulted in ‘i’ being replaced by ‘A[?]’ while typing text, another auto-correction issue has been uncovered. This time users complain that they aren’t able to successfully type common words like ‘it’ and ‘is’, as iOS auto-correction forces them to be replaced by ‘I.T’ and ‘I.S’, respectively. Why has Apple been auto correcting “it” to I.T ??? Like it is a common word used in most sentences I look like a moron texting people now pic.twitter.com/4lW8QAU9ea Sean James (@Sean_w_924) November 1,…
Apple’s autocorrect woes aren’t quite over yet. A new bug is reportedly plaguing users by autocorrecting the word “it” to “I.T” on iOS 11 and later versions.
At least a few hundred iPhone users have reported the bug as of Monday morning, according to social media reports on Twitter and other outlets. Reportedly, when users type the word “it” into a text field, iOS’ keyboard shows “I.T” as a predictive suggestion.
If the user taps the space bar, it’ll automatically autocorrect “it” to “I.T” — even if the user did not tap the QuickType suggestion.
The autocorrect appears to be fairly widespread, and has been around at least since iOS 11 was released in late September. iPhone user Pocket Tim shared a video of a similar bug early in November, which demonstrated iOS autocorrecting the word “is” to “I.S”.
Why has Apple been auto correcting “it” to I.T ??? Like it is a common word used in most sentences I look like a moron texting people now pic.twitter.com/4lW8QAU9ea
Users are reporting that the bug is a stubborn one, too. Rebooting an iOS device or performing other troubleshooting tasks doesn’t seem to solve the problem.
The “it” bug is especially notable because Apple just recently fixed a similar issue that caused the letter “i” to autocorrect to another letter and an unreadable Unicode character (such as A[?]).
Apple addressed the A[?] bug in iOS 11.1.1 in early November. But, interestingly, the “it” bug doesn’t seem to have been fixed. That’s especially peculiar as this autocorrect bug appears to have been around almost as long as the other, high-profile issue.
How to Fix the ‘It’ Bug
At this point, Apple hasn’t publicly acknowledged the issue. But with the new media attention, we can safely assume that it’ll release a fix for the bug in an upcoming version of iOS.
In the meantime, there are a few ways you can fix the autocorrect bug temporary.
Method 1: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement, create a new text replacement, and enter “it” as both the phrase and shortcut. (Some users report that this doesn’t solve the problem, however, so your mileage may vary).
Method 2: A less convenient but more substantial fix is to just turn off auto-correction and predictive suggestions entirely. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Keyboard and disabling the appropriate toggles.
The Earth as we know it is suffering. Climate change, pollution, urban sprawl, wildlife destruction, and so much more have already wreaked havoc on this rocky planet. Some, including Stephen Hawking, think human activity will eventually render the planet uninhabitable for humans. If it doesn’t, an unpredictable event, such as an asteroid impact, might do the trick.
Either way, Elon Musk thinks he knows the best way to ensure the human race lives on long after the Earth can no longer sustain us.
“If we were a multiplanetary species, that would reduce the possibility of some single event, man-made or natural, taking out civilization as we know it, as it did the dinosaurs,” Musk told Rolling Stone. “There have been five mass-extinction events in the fossil record. People have no comprehension of these things. Unless you’re a cockroach or a mushroom – or a sponge – you’re f****d.”
“It’s insurance of life as we know it,” said Musk, “It makes the future far more inspiring if we are out there among the stars and you could move to another planet if you wanted to.”
A Realistic Goal?
So, is Musk’s vision really the direction we are headed as a species? We first set foot on the Moon decades ago, and we haven’t even colonized it yet, so at first glance, the idea of colonizing other planets might seem unrealistic.
Rachel Armstrong, a sustainability innovator, told Futurism she does believe humans could one day become a multiplanetary species, but making it happen won’t be easy.
“The degree of difficulty is generally underestimated. We don’t have a city in Antartica, which is more hospitable than Mars,” said Armstrong, noting that until we can settle these extreme environments on Earth, we won’t be able to move forward with creating colonies in space. “We have to completely rethink what settlement, life, and ecology actually mean under extreme conditions. This is not trivial,” she told Futurism.
Armstrong sees two ways in which we could use current technologies and knowledge to live off-world. Either we must build a sealed environment on a host planet or moon, essentially creating artificial an ecosystem that isn’t really connected to its host, or we terraform that host, changing everything from its atmosphere to its ecology to match that of the Earth.
Adapt to Survive
Humanity may very well be heading toward extinction, but our fate is not yet sealed. If nothing else, humans have shown a knack for adapting, and that could serve us well in the future.
“We have already transformed our basic apelike existence massively – from life expectancy to intellectual achievement,”Steve Fuller, author and professor of sociology at Warwick University, told Futurism. “As we’ve remade the planet, we’ve also remade ourselves, and we are now in a position to do both more substantially.”
Whether it’s hostile artificial intelligences (AI) or climate change-caused environmental issues, humanity has no shortage of future threats to our existence on Earth. However, we also have no shortage of potential “outs.” We may need to become a multiplanetary species, we might need to merge with machines, or we might need to take a path that hasn’t even been considered yet.
With the greatest minds in the world dedicated to ensuring our species lives on indefinitely, we stand a pretty solid chance of not going the way of the dinosaurs.