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Google to Bring AI-Generated Summaries to News Section
In a move that demonstrates its growing reliance on artificial intelligence, Google plans to utilize AI-generated summaries for news articles appearing in its search results. The technology giant will test tools to analyze news stories and distill their key points and highlights into concise written overviews.
While still in the trial phase, the AI summarization feature will initially debut in Google's Chrome mobile browser on Android and iOS devices. From there, Google aims to expand it to the desktop version of Chrome as well. The introduction of this new capability comes amid increased competition from Microsoft, whose AI assistant Copilot launched in the Edge browser.
One benefit of Google's AI summarizer will be rapidly extracting the essence of online information in textual form. This allows users to quickly grasp complex topics even when time or attention is limited. Yet the tool also preserves the option to view full pages for deeper exploration. Users will be shown which sentences or paragraphs the AI drew upon to compose its summary.
In another user-friendly aspect, the summaries may include linked questions that answer elements of the article when tapped. Google's focus on clarity and transparency aims to ease understanding while still respecting the integrity of original reportage.
As technologically-driven content discovery evolves, initiatives like this will help people cut through information clutter.