Google is set to introduce enhanced AI capabilities to their products, specifically with the launch of a feature enhancing the Search Generative Experience (SGE) in Chrome.
The new “SGE while browsing” feature is designed to provide concise article summaries directly within the Chrome web browser. This enhancement is a step up for users familiar with the succinct search result summaries SGE currently offers. Google has announced a phased rollout strategy for this feature. Initially, it will debut as part of the Search Labs programme, catering first to mobile users on both Android and iOS, followed by desktop Chrome users.
Imagine browsing a blog post, and a concise pop-up summary appears. This tool will allow users to view highlighted main points of an article. Upon selecting a highlight, users are navigated directly to the relevant paragraph.
However, as mentioned by The Verge, it’s important to note that this feature will only apply to publicly accessible content, excluding articles behind paywalls. Moreover, the updated SGE comes with an added layer of utility, enabling users to hover over words to view meanings or associated diagrams, a boon for subjects like science or history.
Concerns from the Blogging Community
However, not everyone is looking forward to this feature. Bloggers express reservations about the implications of these quick summaries.
The primary concern is the potential reduction in the reader’s engagement with the original, detailed content. A summarized version might deprive readers of the full article’s context, charm, and nuances. This becomes particularly crucial for sensitive or intricate subjects, where skimming might result in users overlooking essential details or safety guidelines. While Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, envisions this as a transformative search future, the blogging community remains skeptical.