Stick cheese on pizza and eat rocks, says Google’s new AI feature as bugs flood social media | Science and technology news

Google’s new artificial intelligence feature is facing criticism after returning inaccurate answers to questions. It seemed to reinforce conspiracy theories that Barack Obama is secretly Muslim, as well as suggesting dangerous food choices.

By Mickey Carroll, science and technology reporter


Friday 24 May 2024 17:19, United Kingdom

Google’s new search feature that uses artificial intelligence to answer some users’ questions is facing criticism for inaccurate answers, including telling users to eat rocks and mix pizza cheese with glue.

AI Overview launched in the US last week and became available to some users in the UK last month.

It’s designed to simplify finding information, but since its launch, examples of the feature’s erratic behavior have flooded social media.

In one example, the artificial intelligence (AI) appeared to tell users to mix glue with cheese to make it stick to the pizza. She even elaborated: “You can also add about ⅛ cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce for extra stickiness.”

That recommendation seems to have come from a joke. reddit post from 11 years ago and should not be followed. Eating glue is dangerous.

Another response told users that only 17 of the 42 American presidents were white. “I’m learning a lot about American history from Google’s AI overview,” posted Bobby Allyn, who spotted the bug.

AI Overview also claimed that former US President Barack Obama He is Muslim. While President Obama was in office, there were multiple false conspiracy theories that he secretly practiced Islam despite being a Christian.

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President Obama’s former spokesman Tommy Vietor posted the search result, sarcastically saying, “Google’s new general AI search is off to a great start.”

In response to the question “what is the safe temperature to cook chicken,” one user posted a result that appeared to show Google’s answer as 38 degrees Celsius.

The safe temperature is actually 73.9 degrees Celsius and the chicken should be at this temperature at all times. If it is lower, you risk contracting a number of dangerous diseases.

On the topic of things you shouldn’t eat, AI Overview also recommended that a user eat “at least one small stone a day,” according to X user Heshiebee.

The response even cited “UC Berkeley geologists” as the source of the recommendation, saying the rocks “contain vitamins and minerals that are important for digestive health.” However, it comes with a warning that eating stones “can be dangerous.”

To be clear, you shouldn’t eat stones. Doing so could kill you.

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However, Google says these answers are not representative of how the tool works overall.

“The examples we have seen are generally very rare queries and are not representative of most people’s experiences,” a Google spokesperson told Sky News.

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“The vast majority of AI overviews provide high-quality information, with links to dive deeper into the web. We conducted extensive testing before launching this new experience to ensure AI overviews meet our high quality standard.

“Where there have been violations of our policies, we have taken action and are also using these isolated examples as we continue to refine our systems overall.”