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This could be the great vowel shift of our era. In 100 years we might have dedicated phonemes for emoji, making a terse language similar to Chinese. Or as smartphones become ubiquitous and children are exposed to these graphemes earlier and earlier, we might skip vocalization altogether and just beam pictograms directly to the visual cortex via AR.

exciting times!




The idea that emojis will replace actual language reminds of Newspeak from 1984. A few hundred (or thousand) smiley faces can't replace the complexity of human emotions.


I rather think that some emotions are best expressed as emoji. Emotions are a lot more linked to images than written characters.

I mean, how do you exactly express the nuances of ಠ_ಠ




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