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Google is Testing AI-Generated YouTube Summarize Videos
Last Updated : 08/02/2023 17:50:35

Google is experimenting with the use of AI to auto-generate YouTube video summaries, according to a notice on a support page dated July 31st.

Google is Testing AI-Generated YouTube Summarize Videos
Google is experimenting with the use of AI to auto-generate YouTube video summaries, according to a notice on a support page dated July 31st.

The page, which we spotted via Android Police, notes that these summaries will only appear next to a limited number of English-language videos, and will only be viewable by a limited number of users. They’ll appear on YouTube’s watch and search pages, and are intended to give a brief overview of a video’s contents without replacing its existing description written by a human.
“​​We’re starting to test AI auto-generated summaries on YouTube, so that it’s easier for you to read a quick summary about a video and decide whether it’s the right fit for you,” the support page reads.

Android Police notes that users are typically able to sign up to participate in YouTube experiments over at, though participating in some tests may require a YouTube Premium subscription.

In response to our question, Google spokesperson Jen Jamie tells The Verge, “We are testing a new feature for viewers that uses generative AI to create summaries for YouTube videos.
We often test new features before they're officially launched so we can improve and provide the best experience for our viewers and creators. According to Jamie, YouTube viewers can see auto-generated summaries while watching English-language vlogs, shopping and how-to videos on mobile devices.

YouTube's launch is one of the generative AI initiatives currently underway at Google, as the company races to find uses for the emerging technology. For example, at its developer conference in May, the company announced a new Play Store feature that aims to use generative AI to capture app user reviews.
However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Google's AI efforts, which include a new search productivity experience and duet AI tools for its workspace productivity apps.

Other companies have also tried to use AI to automatically generate online content summaries. Artifact, for example, recently launched a summary feature for news articles.
If they end up getting a wider rollout, it will be interesting to see if AI summaries affect the way YouTube creators make their videos.

Every policy change and new feature introduced by a video platform has wide-ranging effects on its content ecosystem as creators try to please its all-seeing yet obscure recommendation algorithm. Who knows what would happen if creators had to make videos that both humans and Google AI could understand?

-- Verge

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