Tag: search

  • The AI takeover of Google Search starts now – The Verge

    This is the new look of Google’s search results page. It’s AI-first, it’s colorful, and it’s nothing like you’re used to. It’s powered by some of Google’s most advanced LLM work to date, including a new general-purpose model called PaLM 2 and the Multitask Unified Model (MUM) that Google uses to understand multiple types of media. In the demos I saw, it’s often extremely impressive. And it changes the way you’ll experience search, especially on mobile, where that AI snapshot often eats up the entire first page of your results. There are some caveats: to get access to these AI snapshots, you’ll have to opt in to a new feature called Search Generative Experience (SGE for short), part of an also-new feature called Search Labs. Not all searches will spark an AI answer — the AI only appears when Google’s algorithms think it’s more useful than standard results, and some sensitive subjects in categories like health and finances are currently set to avoid AI interference altogether.

  • Google says it did not train its AI chatbot Bard on your private emailsThe Register
    An AI researcher quizzed Bard on where its training data came from, and was surprised when it mentioned internal data from Gmail. The former Google employee, Blake Lamoine – who was fired for leaking company secrets and believing its large language model (LLM) LaMDA was sentient – claimed that it was, indeed, trained on text from Gmail. The Register asked Google for comment, and a representative told us in a statement: “Like all LLMs, Bard can sometimes generate responses that contain inaccurate or misleading information while presenting it confidently and convincingly. This is an example of that. We do not use personal data from your Gmail or other private apps and services to improve Bard.”

  • Will Google’s rush to join chatbot party with launch of Bard backfire?The Guardian
    With Bard, Google has to walk a tightrope: offer users an experience that can compete with the AI-powered Bing Chat and ChatGPT without cannibalising its enormously profitable search business in the process. And it has to do all that under the sort of scrutiny an upstart competitor may be able to avoid, but a market leader has to tackle head-on. It’s an interesting quirk when ChatGPT “hallucinates” false information, but it’s a very different feeling when AI backed by the third-largest company in the world does the same.

    At the bottom of every Bard conversation is a disclaimer: “Bard may display inaccurate or offensive information that doesn’t represent Google’s views.” For a company that once proudly described its vision as “organising the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful”, it’s a bizarre reduction in ambition, like Tesco launching a new product range that may give you food poisoning or Ford warning that its latest car may fail to stop when brakes are applied.

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