Google’s AI-powered version of Search, Search Generative Experience (SGE), is undergoing a significant update that will soon be available on the Chrome web browser. This update will allow the SGE to summarize web pages and provide definitions for unfamiliar words, making it easier for users to find the information they need.
One of the new features included in the update is “SGE while browsing,” which can be enabled in Google’s experimental Search Labs section. This feature uses AI to generate a bulleted list of key points from the web page that is being browsed. Currently, SGE while browsing is available in the Google App on Android and iOS, with plans to bring it to Chrome in the near future.
To access the key points generated by SGE while browsing, users can simply click the “generate” button. This allows them to quickly jump to the relevant information they are looking for. However, it remains uncertain how this feature will work with news sites that have restricted their articles from being crawled by AI engines.
Google has assured that the feature will not provide key points for paywalled content, helping to respect the restrictions set by publishers. A Google spokesperson emphasizes that the focus is on helping users find what they’re looking for rather than training an AI model. Google aims to collaborate with publishers to determine the best way to use their content to enhance its AI engines.
The launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a competitor to Google in the information gathering space, has spurred Google to expand and promote AI across its products. Generative AI, like SGE, is estimated to add $4.4 trillion in value to the global economy annually. However, concerns about bias and potential disinformation have been raised, highlighting the need for careful implementation.
It is important to note that the current version of SGE is not yet available to the public and requires sign-up. In addition to generating key points and definitions, SGE also offers integrated definitions in AI-generated results and coding assistance for common tasks. Coding will even be color-coded for easier identification.
In a similar vein, CNET, a prominent technology news site, has started utilizing an AI engine to assist in creating some of its stories. This further reinforces the growing importance and integration of AI in the field of journalism.
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