A big change in Google… AI responses instead of web searches

Amid growing concerns, Google now seems to prioritize artificial intelligence-generated responses over conventional website links, marking a significant shift in search engine operations.

The tech giant announced that this move, marking one of the most significant milestones since its inception in the 1990s, will expedite the online information retrieval process.

Top of the search page

The latest feature introduces AI-generated concise responses at the forefront of the search engine results page, bypassing the initial redirection to conventional website links.

However, this decision raises alarms regarding the fate of traditional media, which stands to lose advertising income as users can now access information without visiting their websites.

The move also comes amid growing concerns about the rise of artificial intelligence and its impact on privacy, copyright and jobs.

America Followed by the Global Community

The new feature, initially tested last year, is set to launch across the United States this week, reaching hundreds of millions of users, before expanding to other regions globally.

The company hopes that more than one billion users will use this technology by the end of the year.

When announcing the update at Google’s annual developer conference in California, CEO Sundar Pichai said, “This bold and responsible approach is essential to achieving our mission and making artificial intelligence more useful for everyone.”

The company stated that AI-generated responses will be utilized exclusively when they represent the fastest and most efficient approach, particularly in offering explanations on intricate subjects.

While users will still see traditional website links for simple searches like weather forecasts.

Experts caution that approximately 25% – 50% of internet traffic may experience disruptions due to the changes.

Publishers are the biggest losers

This implies that online publishers might face financial losses if AI-generated summaries that pull information from other sites result in a decline in website traffic.

Remarkably, research by Raptive, a company assisting around 5,000 website publishers in monetizing their content, reveals that the lost advertising revenue could total billions of dollars.

Nevertheless, the tech giant stated that its research indicated users who received AI-generated summaries tended to increase their search activities and explore additional websites.


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