Google is rolling out new updates to its Search Generative Experience (SGE), a new AI-powered conversational mode in Search that aims to help users better understand the information they discover on the web.
Google has been making regular updates to Search Generative Experience, including adding video and image support earlier this month. Google announced SGE at its annual I/O conference in May. The Search Generative Experience (SGE) feature is currently available in preview mode for users who sign up for the Search Labs program.
The new updates include:
- Definitions with related images: When you hover over certain words in an SGE response, you'll now see a preview of their definition, as well as related images or diagrams that can help you better understand the concept. This feature is designed to be especially helpful for understanding complicated topics or complex concepts.
- More coding capabilities: SGE is now able to generate more complex code snippets, including functions, classes, and loops. This makes it a more powerful tool for learning and practicing coding.
- A new experiment for finding information in long articles: SGE is now testing a new feature that helps you find the information you're looking for in a long article more easily. When you click on a link to an article, SGE will now generate a list of the key takeaways from the article, along with links to specific sections of the article that support those takeaways.
Building a New Way of Searching with AI
SGE is a new feature for Google's search engine that uses large language models (LLMs) such as Pathways Language Model 2 (PaLM2) and Multitask Unified Model (MUM), which can produce natural language text from different sources of information.
SGE displays the summaries in a summary box at the top of the search results page, along with images or videos related to the query. Users can also ask follow-up questions to obtain more specific or detailed information from various sources.
For instance, if a user is searching for a laptop, they can ask SGE what are the basic features to consider, and receive a summary of different articles that address the query. They can then ask for laptop options under a certain budget, and receive a list of choices from Google's Shopping Graph, which includes sponsored products. SGE can also assist users with coding questions by using Code Tips, which can provide code snippets and insights for various programming languages.