One of the greatest voice assistants available, Google Assistant can read articles to you when you ask it to using simple voice commands and can do anything from set alarms to manage your shopping lists to manage your shopping lists. However, Google has been heavily supporting generative AI with Bard and a number of other tools. It turns out that Google might be constructing generative AI capabilities for Assistant, beginning with a function that summarises web information for you.
Web pages are easily read aloud by the assistant. In fact, you can test it out by telling Google to read this page aloud or to “read this story” to yourself. However, this will read out every word on the page, even text that isn’t directly linked to the article and that appears above and below it. 9to5When searching through the code for the main Google app, which is available on the Play Store, version 14.29, Google came upon a new generative AI capability for Assistant that might cut through the clutter and get right to the point.
A new Summarize button will display next to the Read command shortcut if you invoke Assistant using the hotword while using Chrome or an in-app browser (both of which are powered by Chrome by default). If you want, you may just tell Assistant to “summarize this.” Both activation methods appear to be ineffective at the time, producing a straightforward error notice that reads, “Assistant is unable to handle the request.”
Although, 9to5Given that Google’s generative AI model is adept at summarizing, as demonstrated by Bard answers, the company thinks the tool could easily describe any web page, not just articles. Hopefully, it will function on other browsers as well. The first service to use an AI-powered summarization feature was Google Docs, but generative AI projects like Bard and the Search Labs experiment have shied away from Assistant-like features, indicating that summarization may be a Pixel-only feature for Assistant.
Despite our excitement for the first generative AI feature coming to Google Assistant, there is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. There is a chance that the feature highlights some elements from the source while ignoring others, which could lead to bias you won’t see unless you check the description with the original.
Concurrent generative AI applications that Google is creating, like as the aid for journalists that we heard about earlier this week, are adding to the cause for alarm. The utilities may not seem like a big deal to the ordinary Assistant user when used separately, but when combined with an AI-powered summarizing tool, biased content that AI develops could result in dangerous falsehoods.