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Use Glue to Stick Cheese to Your Pizza, Says Google AI Overviews

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  • Several users have shared screenshots that show Google AI Overviews displaying incorrect results to search queries.
  • A Google spokesperson has called it a deliberate attempt from users to sabotage the feature.
  • A user has built a website that produces old ‘web’ style Google search results without AI answers.

Use Glue To Stick Cheese To Your Pizza: Says Google AI Overview

The Google AI Overviews feature doesn’t seem to be going as planned. Users have shared more than one instance where the AI Overview has produced incorrect answers to search queries.

When a user searched, ‘cheese is not sticking to pizza,’ Google AI Overview suggested using glue to solve the issue. Interestingly, the source was an 11-year-old Reddit comment.

Google AI Overview

Although Google has removed this source from its AI Overviews, it’s still the top result in Google Search.

Another instance was when a user searched ‘how many feet does an elephant have.’ To this, the Google AI Overview answered that elephants have 2 feet with five toes on the front and four on the back.

The tool was also found to be politically incorrect in some instances. For example, when a user searched ‘how many Muslim presidents in US,’ Google AI Overview said that Barack Hussain Obama is considered the first Muslim president of the United States. Even Mr. Obama wouldn’t believe this.

Google AI Overview

Google’s Insensitive Response

As expected, Google has come down all guns blazing to defend AI Overviews.

“The examples we’ve seen are generally very uncommon queries and aren’t representative of most people‘s experience using Search.” – Google Spokesperson

However, I think this is just a futile attempt at defending a malfunctioning AI system. With Google processing around 99,000 search queries per second, it’s very difficult to say which query is ‘uncommon.’ After all, there may be more than one user whose cheese might not be sticking to the pizza.

The spokesperson even went on to say that the users are deliberately attempting to trip the technology by asking uncommon questions. This is again a very irresponsible statement coming from a Google representative. After all, you cannot blame the user for a faulty product.

Let’s look at another search instance. When a user searched about tobacco health benefits, the AI Overview went down to promote tobacco, saying that it increases relaxation, euphoria, and alertness.

It also recommended nicotine to improve concentration and memory. However, there was no warning about using a dangerous product like tobacco—nor does the answer warn the user on tobacco’s adverse effects.

Google AI Overview

 

Now, calling such a common search query a deliberate attempt is an act of distrust from a tech giant like Google. It’s quite possible that a person trying to quit smoking might read this, which will motivate him instead of helping him quit. However, instead of taking responsibility for such mishaps, Google is blaming the users.

Read more: Google restricts AI chatbot Gemini from responding to election-related queries

Frustrated Users

Ernie Smith, a journalist and a writer, seems to have found a way around these irrelevant AI suggestions. Smith has built a website that reroutes all the searches made through Google to avoid any AI-generated answers. This website has gained a lot of attention and has even surpassed the traffic of Smith’s 10-year-old blog.

However, it’s not just Google that is acting irresponsibly in this matter. Users, too, have jumped on the opportunity to create fake screenshots of AI Overviews. Popular artists like Lil Nas X have also shared fake AI Overview results on depression.

The trend seems to be moving towards a new meme format. In such a situation, it’s not possible—even for a tech giant like Google—to inspect each screenshot.

At a time when Google is putting the foot down on the accelerator when it comes to AI features, such hiccups are expected—although the company’s responses could use some toning down. I hope Google fixes the error soon and comes up with a much improved AI Overviews.

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Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi is an eager Tech Journalist and content writer for both B2B and B2C, with a focus on making the process of purchasing software easier for businesses and enhancing their online presence and SEO.

Krishi has a special skill set in writing about technology news, creating educational content on customer relationship management (CRM) software, and recommending project management tools that can help small businesses increase their revenue.

Alongside his writing and blogging work, Krishi's other hobbies include studying the financial markets and cricket.