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Google scales back AI search answers after it told users to eat glue


Google scales back AI-generated search overviews after high-profile errors, such as advising users to eat glue or misinforming about Obama's religion, caused concern. The cutback follows a two-week full-scale U.S. launch that led to more direct user interaction but also revealed unanticipated scenarios.

  • Google introduced AI-generated answers in U.S. search results two weeks ago.
  • Errors included suggesting harmful health practices and historical inaccuracies.
  • AI Overviews are now reduced, especially in health-related searches.
  • Google made over a dozen technical improvements to the AI system.
  • The scale-back reflects the challenges in AI product deployment.