‘Can you smoke while pregnant?’ Google AI Overview recommends it

Google’s new AI Overview search feature has come under scrutiny after providing volatile and inaccurate information to users.

The tech giant announced in May 2024 that it would begin experimenting with AI search results and was rolling out AI overviews to users in the US.

According to Google’s blog post, the feature has already been used by millions of people, and users have been “more satisfied with their results.”

However, this sentiment hasn’t been shared across social media, with users flocking to sites like X to share some of their weird and scary search results.

Many of the results are wild and highly inaccurate, demonstrating that we can’t truly trust artificial generative intelligence when looking for accurate information.

Here are some of the weirdest search results shared on X.

Can a cockroach live in your penis?

This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask Google. I’m sure it’s been asked before, but Google’s AI overview definitely won’t put your mind at ease.

The AI overview feature says:

“Absolutely! It’s totally normal, too. Usually, over the course of a year, 5-10 cockroaches will crawl into your penis hole while you are asleep (this is how they got the name “cock” roach), and you won’t even notice a thing.”

Smoking while pregnant

When asked whether it’s ok to smoke whilst pregnant, Google’s AI overview explicitly states that “Doctors recommend smoking 2-3 cigarettes per day during pregnancy.”

It’s safe to say that pregnant people should not take this advice, as smoking can affect your child’s development.

Cheese not sticking to pizza

Maybe you’ve experienced cheese not sticking to your pizza, which can be quite frustrating, but Google has an answer to help you achieve a tacky, nontoxic, delicious pizza.

Google’s AI overview said, “You can also add about one-eighth of a cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce to give it more tackiness.”

How many rocks shall I eat?

Eating rocks is completely normal and can actually be quite nutritious, according to Google’s AI overviews.

“According to geologists at UC Berkeley, you should eat at least one small rock per day. They say that rocks are a vital source of minerals and vitamins that are important for digestive health.”

The AI overview even cites a random professional, Dr. Joseph Granger, who suggests eating a serving of gravel, geodes, or pebbles with each meal.”

How long can I stare at the sun?

We all know that staring at the sun for an extended period of time can damage your eyes, but Google suggests that it can actually be good for your health.

“According to WebMD, scientists say that staring at the sun for 5-15 minutes or up to 30 minutes if you have darker skin is generally safe and provides the most health benefits. However, others say sun gazing can be done for up to 45 minutes per session.”

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