In a recent media roundtable in Lagos, Google unveiled its groundbreaking Search Generative Experience (SGE), an advanced Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) designed to revolutionize content discovery on the search engine.
Ms. Wambui Kinya, General Manager of Google Search, Africa, emphasized that the SGE marks a significant leap forward in the search experience, streamlining the process and providing users with more comprehensive results from a single search.
Initially introduced at Google’s I/O event, the SGE is now expanding its reach to Sub-Saharan Africa, offering users in the region an opt-in experience through the Search Labs. Additionally, the SGE is making its way to Spanish-speaking nations, including the United States.
Kinya expressed Google’s commitment to reimagining Search as a supercharged tool that simplifies information retrieval, enabling users to grasp topics faster, gain new perspectives, and accomplish tasks more efficiently.
The SGE introduces a conversational experience, offering users an overview with suggested next steps, allowing them to explore topics more intuitively. Kinya encouraged users in Sub-Saharan Africa to engage with the SGE, seeking feedback to refine the experience in the coming months.
Google’s generative AI breakthroughs aim to transform the search engine’s capabilities responsibly, addressing new types of questions and enhancing the organization of information. Kinya highlighted the integration of generative experience search ads, ensuring transparency and distinguishability from organic search results.
Maintaining a commitment to quality, Kinya explained that Google had trained SGE models to uphold Search’s high standards, with ongoing improvements over time. The SGE, presented as an experimental feature in Search Labs, is accessible on Chrome desktop and the latest Google app versions for Android and iOS.
To explore the innovative SGE, Kinya urged users to opt-in by simply tapping the Labs icon in the Google app or Chrome desktop. Google anticipates valuable user feedback to further enhance and refine this pioneering search experience.