Google’s Search AI Says You Can Melt Eggs. Its Source Will Make You Facepalm

Google’s search AI thinks you can melt eggs. Its source? Don’t laugh: ChatGPT. This latest case of AI-generated misinformation was first spotted by an X-formerly-Twitter user named Tyler Glaiel, who took to the platform on Monday to share a screenshot of what happened when he typed “can you melt eggs” into Google’s search bar. Naturally, the real answer to that query is no, of course you can’t melt eggs, but Google’s featured search snippet, as can be seen in Glaiel’s screenshot, said the exact opposite was true. “Yes, you can melt an egg,” it read, “by heating it in a microwave or on a stove.” To come to this conclusion, it seems that Google looked to Quora, the question-and-answer forum site that’s search-optimized itself to the top spot on any number of Google results pages. Earlier this year, Quora launched an AI chatbot called Poe, which according to a company blog post is designed to “let people ask questions, get instant answers, and have back-and-forth conversations with several AI-powered bots.” One of these “several AI-powered bots” is a version of ChatGPT, and though Poe is more or less meant to be used as its own app, the product’s ChatGPT-generated answers will sometimes appear at the top of standard Quora posts instead. That’s exactly what happened here. The AI’s answer has since been corrected, but in a Quora forum titled “Can you melt an egg?” Poe’s ChatGPT integration was telling users that “yes, an egg can be melted,” and that “the most common…Google’s Search AI Says You Can Melt Eggs. Its Source Will Make You Facepalm

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