Google has developed a relatively novel method for reading internet content using AI. In a blog post published on Tuesday, Google explained how “SGE while browsing,” a project that is a part of the company’s bigger AI-based Search Labs programme, is being the focus of its generative AI efforts.
The concept is that when you view a long-form article of some type, Google’s AI compiles a summary of its main points in bullet points. When you click on one, you should be sent to the section of the article that deals with that particular significant topic.
Right now, SGE while browsing is available in the Google app on iOS and Android, and will come to Chrome on desktop “in the days ahead.”
Google gave an example in the blog post that involved an article about Route 66. Some of the bullet points include “What year did they start Route 66?” and “How far does Route 66 stretch?,” just to give you an idea of what kinds of key points the AI thinks you’ll want to know. There is, of course, one major caveat to this: It only works on free articles. Anything behind a paywall is disqualified.
This isn’t a wholesale replacement of human-created journalism like many are afraid may happen as AI evolves and companies adopt it, but it is a reminder that AI is coming for the way you consume news.
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