Google is testing a new search function with the support of artificial intelligence (AI). To this end, the data company has started an early experiment for its generative AI-supported search experience (SGE), which goes beyond the actual search.
According to Engadget, the feature, dubbed “SGE while browsing,” can quickly summarize key points of lengthy content from around the web. The new service aims to help users process complex topics that require extensive research more easily. However, it does not provide bullet points for paid articles, only for free-access websites, according to Engadget.
Author Mariella Moon believes that Google’s new AI-based search function should make it a real competitor for Microsoft’s AI-Copilot. Microsoft announced the introduction of Copilot in all Office applications back in March. In May, Microsoft’s AI assistant Copilot was then made available to the first companies as a paid preview. Search engine market leader Google does not want to be left behind.
Initially limited availability
With the AI-based feature now launched, if the Google AI is able to generate focal points for the page you are visiting, an option will appear at the bottom of the screen on mobile or in the sidebar on desktop that says ” Get AI-generated key points” is displayed. Each key point links directly to the part of the page it relates to, allowing users to jump there. There is also an “Explore the Site” section that displays the questions that the article answers.
According to Engadget, the function is currently only available in the Google app on Android and iOS, but will also be activated in the Chrome browser on the desktop in the next few days. For users who have already registered for the SGE experiment, the tool will be activated automatically; however, it can also be activated as a standalone experiment in the Search Labs.
New features for programmers
Moon writes that Google will also soon introduce a new feature that could help users become familiar with new concepts and terms related to STEM subjects, i.e. mathematics, computer science, science and technology, as well as economics, history and other subject areas to become better acquainted. “More specifically, Google is improving its AI-generated responses to these topics so that when you hover over specific words, you see previews of definitions and associated charts or images.” This makes it easier to understand the AI’s responses without having to deal with all the underlying concepts.
In addition, Google SGE has added new features that make it easier for programmers to understand and debug code. Also, elements such as keywords, comments, and strings would now be color-coded and highlighted in code segments in overviews, allowing programmers to quickly analyze AI output and determine if everything is working as intended.
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