Google's AI Overview tells users to eat rocks and glue, says Google Search is a monopoly

Google's AI Overview tells users to eat rocks and glue, says Google Search is a monopoly
While everyone is excited about AI, The AI Overview used in Google Search is giving users some crazy and obviously incorrect information. According to CNBC, when Google Search was asked how many Muslim presidents has the U.S. had, the AI Overview incorrectly said, "The United States has had one Muslim president, Barack Hussein Obama." You might recall that back in February Google's AI image generator incorrectly showed historical figures with unrealistic darker skin tones forcing Google to temporarily suspend the feature.

AI Overview provides users with a summary of responses to questions asked on Google Search and appears at the top of the screen. And some of the responses that the feature is giving users could potentially make them sick. When one Google Search user typed "cheese not sticking to pizza," Google's AI Overview gave some advice that we would hope no one would follow. The suggestion was to add "about 1/8 cup of nontoxic glue to the sauce." Internet sleuths found the source of the advice in an 11-year-old Reddit post.

And if a response is attributed to a well-regarded source, it can make a dangerous suggestion appear to be more legitimate in users' minds. When a Google Search user asked, "How long can I stare at the sun for best health?" the response was, "According to WebMD, scientists say that staring at the sun for 5-15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes if you have darker skin, is generally safe and provides the most health benefits." Surely the gang  at  WebMD wouldn't be happy to read that.

Here's another one. When asked "How many rocks should I eat each day?," Google Search's AI Overview responded, "According to UC Berkeley geologists, people should eat at least one small rock a day." Ironically, when someone asked whether Google Search violates antitrust law, the response probably made Google executives angry. "Yes, the U.S. Justice Department and 11 states are suing Google for antitrust violations." The DOJ might call Google's AI Overview as a witness.

In a statement, Google told CNBC, "The vast majority of AI Overviews provide high-quality information, with links to dig deeper on the web. Many of the examples we’ve seen have been uncommon queries, and we’ve also seen examples that were doctored or that we couldn’t reproduce." Google says that AI Overview went through "extensive testing" before being launched and is taking "swift action where appropriate under our content policies."

If a Google AI Overview answer doesn't make sense, use your common sense. Don't put nontoxic glue in your food, absolutely do not stare at the sun for 5 to 15 minutes, and don't eat one small rock each day.

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