Google is experimenting with using AI to automatically generate YouTube video summaries. Currently, these summaries are only displayed alongside a limited number of English language videos and can only be viewed by a limited number of users. They appear on YouTube’s watch and search pages and are intended to provide a brief overview of the video’s content without replacing its existing human-written description.

“​We’re starting to test AI-generated summaries on YouTube to make it easier for users to read a quick summary of a video and decide if it’s right for them,” notes the site’s support page.

Google spokeswoman Jen Jamie: “We’re testing a new feature for viewers that uses generative AI to create summaries of YouTube videos. We often test new features before they’re officially released so we can build and improve the best experience for our viewers and creators.” According to Jamie, YouTube viewers can see auto-generated summaries when they watch English-language vlogs or how-to videos on mobile devices.

The YouTube experiment is one of several generative AI initiatives underway at Google as the company tries to find uses for the emerging technology. At its developer conference in May, for example, the company announced a new Play Store feature that aimed to use generative AI to compile user reviews of apps.

Other companies have also tried to use AI to automatically generate summaries of web content. For example, Artifact recently launched a summary feature for news articles.

Source: The Verge