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Google's AI tells users to add glue to their pizza, eat rocks and make chlorine gas

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Google has updated its search engine with an artificial intelligence (AI) tool — but the new feature has reportedly told users to eat rocks, add glue to their pizzas and clean their washing machines with chlorine gas, according to various social media and news reports. 

In a particularly egregious example, the AI offered appeared to suggest jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge when a user searched "I'm feeling depressed."

The experimental "AI Overviews" tool scours the web to summarize search results using the Gemini AI model. The feature has been rolled out to some users in the U.S. ahead of a worldwide release planned for later this year, Google announced May 14 at its I/O developer conference.

But the tool has already caused widespread dismay across social media, with users claiming that on some occasions AI Overviews generated summaries using articles from the satirical website The Onion and comedic Reddit posts as its sources. 

"You can also add about ⅛ cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce to give it more tackiness," AI Overviews said in response to one query about pizza, according to a screenshot posted on X. Tracing the answer back, it appears to be based on a decade-old joke comment made on Reddit.

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Other erroneous claims are that Barack Obama is a muslim, that Founding Father John Adams graduated from the University of Wisconsin 21 times, that a dog played in the NBA, NHL and NFL and that users should eat a rock a day to aid their digestion. 

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