@eatlikenooneelse I think these are valid concerns. It is hard for me not to read articles like this and wonder what the future holds.
@megan and @taryn are right, we can try to be optimistic and diversify as much as possible to offset whatever effects we may see, and watch what unfolds as this moves forward.
When I read this same article myself today before seeing it shared in the forum, I could not help but come to a few conclusions.
I really believe Google is shooting itself in the foot here for a few reasons.
One, unless these AI search results are themselves monetized with Google ads, they will lose ad revenue because no one is clicking on monetized sites (monetized with Google ads, anyway).
Two, I think Google is very shortsighted in assuming that users will be ok with a bunch of AI generated answers that are not accurate. What is to stop a user from going back to search for information that is actually helpful? How long before no one is using the AI generated info given because they feel it is not trustworthy?
Google itself is always stressing to us that we have to be the best answer to a query. Is it a bit hypocritical that they will allow AI to throw a bunch of stuff at a wall to see what sticks as the answer to a question, but we can’t do that because our content won’t rank if we do? I think it is definitely hypocritical.
Once users realize they are not being given the information they seek, will they lose respect for Google? Maybe they should. At that point, what’s to stop them from using a different search engine?
Never mind that fact that AI gets its info from all across the web, in essence scraping sites and stealing content written by others to then in turn give an answer to a question. That is a slippery slope to say the least.
Also, I think those who are pushing this type of solution are figuring that no one will care that the human element is being removed from the equation. Users may want “just the recipe and no fluff” but I am sure they want a recipe cooked and tested by a real person, not pulled out of thin air by a robot. People also want to read about real experiences, not something dreamed up by a machine. You can go to the Grand Canyon and write a genuine article about the trip, AI will never be able to do that. AI also has no clue what the best pasta is to use for chicken noodle soup, but we as real people can provide that.
All of that being said, it is my hope that AI will bring us back full circle to what really matters: human connection. This technology may be able to learn, but it will never be human, ever.
Besides, all of us in this forum know that all the nasty internet trolls out there want to rip up a real person’s recipe, not yell at a robot from the safety of their keyboard
I don’t think it will happen right away, but I suspect that AI may not turn out the way Google wants it to, because too many of us don’t want to interact with a machine. I certainly don’t intend to slam Google in this response either. I just don’t think they are thinking things through with what they are doing.
I did not intend for that to be so long, but I really do think that this may be a failed experiment. At least that is what I hope.