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Google Bard now watches YouTube videos on your behalf

Google Bard now watches YouTube videos

Google Bard users can now delve into the intricate details of their favorite YouTube videos thanks to a new expansion. This enhancement allows Bard, the AI chatbot, to comprehend a video’s content and respond to user queries for information.

In a November 21 experiment update, Google announced the introduction of generative AI, stating, “We’re taking the first steps in Bard’s ability to understand YouTube videos… We’ve heard you want deeper engagement with YouTube videos. So we’re expanding the YouTube Extension to understand some video content so you can have a richer conversation with Bard about it.”

Now, when users ask Bard to locate specific videos, they can also pose more intricate follow-up questions about the content, seeking full summaries and specific details before hitting play.

Google has been actively enhancing its chatbot since its launch earlier this year. In September, the company introduced several enhanced features, covering Google Flights, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, and YouTube browser extensions, allowing Bard to extract data directly from these sites. Additionally, a tool for users to verify the bot’s responses was added, and in October, the new Assistant with Bard, a blend of Google’s personal assistant and generative AI, was unveiled. Recently, Google opened up Bard access for teenagers.

While some express concerns about the potential impact of this update on online video educators, it also adds to the existing worries about privacy and ownership associated with generative AI. This development hints at a potential future where Google Bard, under Google’s ownership, could handle various tasks, including content consumption, on behalf of users.

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