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Google Swiftly Removes Inaccurate AI Responses

By Clementine Crooks

May 25, 2024

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Google's AI Overview, a feature that provides users with quick answers to their queries, has recently come under scrutiny for some of its bizarre responses. The tech giant launched the service across all US platforms earlier this month and almost immediately reports surfaced suggesting the bot was providing inaccurate information. Google has since acknowledged these claims and assured they are taking "swift action" to rectify the situation.


The range of incorrect responses from AI Overviews is rather broad – from absurdities such as advising glue as an effective method for keeping pizza toppings in place, to misinforming users that President Andrew Jackson graduated from UW-Madison in 2005. These examples highlight a clear lack of accuracy in some areas of AI Overview's operations.


This inconsistency might be attributed to where Google sources its data. In February, Google signed a licensing agreement with Reddit which could explain why certain unusual tips have made it into AI Overview’s repertoire - like the aforementioned glue-on-pizza tip posted by Reddit user f*cksmith over a decade ago.


Despite acknowledging these inaccuracies within their service, Google insists that such instances are rare exceptions rather than the rule. A representative told Business Insider: "The vast majority of AI Overviews provide high-quality information, with links to dig deeper on the web." They further clarified many reported cases involved uncommon queries or were possibly doctored examples beyond replication during testing.


Before launching this feature nationwide, extensive testing had been conducted according to Google representatives; any issues arising post-launch would be swiftly addressed following their content policies guidelines. Furthermore, they reiterated their commitment towards using such instances as opportunities for learning and system improvement - some changes have already begun rolling out within their systems.


However, despite these assurances and measures being taken by Google there still remains a possibility for users encountering questionable or even downright incorrect answers via AI Overviews. For instance if you stumble upon an answer that seems dubious at best it would be advisable not just accepting it at face value but doing your own research to verify the information.


Google's AI Overview has immense potential as an instant source of knowledge for users, and while some hiccups are expected in these early stages, Google seems determined to rectify them swiftly. As technology continues to evolve and improve, so too will the accuracy of services like AI Overviews. Until then, a healthy dose of skepticism coupled with independent fact-checking can ensure that we make the most out of these technological advancements without falling prey to misinformation.


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