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(13,915 posts)
Mon May 20, 2024, 08:22 PM May 20

An awful prospect for Google searches.

I heard on The Newshour tonight that Google is going to shift to AI driven search results. Instead of showing you a list of web sites that might have answers to your search, they will have AI sythesize the answers. I WILL IMMEDIATELY LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE SEARCH ENGINES. I'm not sure I can articulate why this sounds so awful to me. Does it sound awful to you? Can you say why?

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(13,915 posts)
2. Given the recent furor over AI on laptops from Microsoft....
Mon May 20, 2024, 08:28 PM
May 20

... I imagine Bing is going to follow suit. Or even jump the gun.

Response to LeftInTX (Reply #3)


(15,463 posts)
4. Google already ruined their search several years ago.
Mon May 20, 2024, 08:38 PM
May 20

They shifted from prioritizing the best search results to prioritizing the most searches (because revenue must grow and grow) so they purposely enshittified their search to make people search multiple variations of terms to find what they're looking for.

Voila! More searches, which means more sponsored results shown, more revenue.


(66,652 posts)
5. I'm Already Seeing It
Mon May 20, 2024, 08:38 PM
May 20

In at least 2, the AI basically regurgitated Wikipedia.
Scroll down half a page, click on Wiki and the answer is about the same.
Not verbatim, but pretty darned similar.
I use Google & DDG, and I only see it on Google.


(13,915 posts)
10. Will change to DuckDuckGo immediately.
Tue May 21, 2024, 11:39 AM
May 21

I'm lost in outdated info on the web for changing my default browser. Will have to get my daughter to do this when I see her next.

Ms. Toad

(34,658 posts)
11. They've been doing that for at least a year, in a beta version.
Tue May 21, 2024, 11:43 AM
May 21

I allowed it just to see what it would produce. I can't recall any time the AI search has gotten it right. (It's labeled, but the label is less obvious that I would like - and every once in a while I start to quote it and then realize it's AI so I'd better double check. In every instance I've checked it, it was wrong.)

I just skip the AI summary and go right to the regular search below it.

Uncle Joe

(59,145 posts)
17. It sounds a like a corporate filter to give them
Tue May 21, 2024, 01:26 PM
May 21

a means of control over the peoples' deliberations as the one way mass communication technology of T.V. has faded to two way mass communication of the Internet.

That development spooks oligarchs and corporate supremacists that don't trust the 1st Amendment if actual speech can take precedence over monetary power.

The 1st Amendment has never been stronger and that scares the urine out of them.

Thanks for the thread LAS.

Oopsie Daisy

(3,188 posts)
19. Way way back... when I had Windows 95, a search engine I used a lot was Alta Vista.
Tue May 21, 2024, 01:29 PM
May 21

I think they went out of business.


(464 posts)
20. Microsoft Bing & MS Web Browser already do this.
Tue May 21, 2024, 02:37 PM
May 21

Next year your MS windows desktop/laptop computer will have AI automatically installed by Microsoft and it will keep tabs on you and take constant screen shots of your desktop to analyze what you are doing.

Privacy & Internet Security are a myth in the 21st Century.

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