Google’s AI is said to put glue on pizza, so I put glue on pizza

Adding glue to the sauce helps keep the cheese from slipping, according to Google AI. (Don’t try this at home, folks!)
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  • Google’s AI search results said you could put glue in pizza sauce to keep cheese from sliding off.
  • Obviously, Google had digested a Reddit comment that was intended to be a joke, but the AI ​​didn’t understand it.
  • I still went ahead and made a pizza with 1/8 cup of glue. What does all this mean for the future?

Google launched its AI search results last week and people have noticed that it is returning wildly incorrect results. It is said that yes, that a dog has played in the NHL, that running with scissors has health benefits and that 17 American presidents attended the University of Wisconsin.

But most ridiculous of all was someone who noticed on Add glue to pizza sauce:

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I knew my task: I had to make the pizza with Google glue. (No Try this at home! I took a risk for the sake of the story, but you shouldn’t!)

I used Google to make sure the “non-toxic” glue was actually semi-safe to eat. Google’s AI response said that small amounts can cause stomach upset but not, say, death. That is enough for me.

(Since I know you’re wondering, yes, I ate pasta when I was a kid. I loved it. It was mint. I stopped making it just because of the embarrassment of the other first graders. But now I’m an adult and I can’t be ashamed.) for eating pizza with glue.)

I gathered my ingredients at the local grocery store: shredded cheese, marinara sauce, a ball of pizza dough, and of course, non-toxic school glue (which I already had at home).

Cheese, dough, sauce, glue. Everything you need to make a pizza.
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OBVIOUS WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. DO NOT EAT GLUE. OH REALLY.

And to anyone who feels obligated to point out that I shouldn’t have used jarred sauce or pre-grated cheese: please…keep in mind that I’m eating glue here.

I spread the dough, now to mix the sauce and glue.

Google said to use 1/8 cup glue, but not how much sauce. I noted that the pizza would need about 1/2 cup of red sauce.

1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons of non-toxic white glue. Hmm.
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I had imagined the amount would be more of a “light drizzle” of glue. But 1/8 cup is 2 tablespoons and it seemed like a lot more than I expected.

Mix the glue with the pizza sauce. Here goes nothing…
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It turned out a nice orange color, like vodka sauce. While mixing and spreading, I didn’t notice a significant change in the consistency of the sauce.

Spreading the sticky sauce on my pizza dough.
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Now the cheese and some fresh basil. Ready for the oven!

A good Margherita-style pizza, complete with the glue recommended by Google’s AI.
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I baked it at 450 degrees for 12 minutes, which turned out to be too long – it was slightly burnt.

When I opened the oven door, I was hit with a blast of steam and fumes, and for a moment I was scared. I remember when “NyQuil chicken” was a viral meme, doctors warned that the real danger was lung damage caused by the toxic fumes.

Would heating the chemicals in the glue create some type of toxic gas?

My pizza with glue a little overdone. I can’t emphasize enough: Do not make this at home!
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Well, let’s hope not! Here we go!

My slice of glue: What will it taste like?!
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Finally, the taste test:

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My verdict: This wasn’t the best homemade pizza I’d ever had; I couldn’t necessarily tell if the glue was the problem or if the cheap jarred sauce could have used a little more seasoning. (In defense of marinara, it’s hard to complain about the taste when glue is added.)

But also…was it pretty good? I only got a few bites because I was afraid of poisoning myself.

Most importantly, did the glue keep the cheese from sliding? You can bet yes:

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What does this all mean? For me personally, this means I’m a glue-eating idiot. But what does it mean for Google and the future of AI-powered search?

These ridiculous AI responses are fun but seemingly weird. A Google spokesperson told Business Insider: “The examples we’ve seen are generally very rare queries and are not representative of most people’s experiences. The vast majority of AI overviews provide high-quality information, with links to go deeper into the web.”

But still: Google’s AI spits out crazy answers so frequently that it’s reasonable to say that users are wary of AI-powered answers (for now). The pizza glue controversy is silly (no one with three brain cells would do this), but we can assume that the AI ​​also gives answers that are less obviously wrong, but still.

It seems the origin of pizza glue was a joke made on Reddit 11 years ago about adding glue to sauce. That Google’s AI search answers are based on Reddit should largely be a good thing: Reddit is full of helpful answers on how to get things done and other common dilemmas. But Google’s AI failed to decipher that this Reddit response was clearly a joke.

What will this mean for the general public’s trust in Google and AI? I’m not sure! This week’s OpenAI-Scarlett Johansson debacle probably had a much bigger effect on concerns about whether the companies behind AI are operating ethically, regardless of what actually happened.

Presumably, Google AI search results will improve and these strange, bad results will become rarer and rarer. There is a very reasonable concern among many people that “letting Google search Google for you” will have a very negative effect on the web as we know it. Depriving clicks to websites that actually provide the information that drives AI results will likely have some unfortunate long-term effects.

If you want to hear more smart thoughts on this, I recommend the latest episode of the “Search Engine” podcast on this topic. It would be great to hear how you cook your own homemade food, no glue pizza.

Finally, I have to say, once again: DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. DO NOT EAT PIZZA WITH GLUE.

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