X launches Stories, delivering news summarized by Grok AI | TechCrunch

X launches Stories, delivering news summarized by Grok AI | TechCrunch

X, formerly Twitter, is now using Elon Musk's AI chatbot Grok to power a feature that summarizes personalized trending stories in the app's Explore section. According to one Announcement And screenshots posted by the X engineering team on Friday, X premium subscribers will be able to read a summary of posts on X linked to each trending story featured on the For You tab in Explore.

The For You page showcases news and stories shared across X's platform that are popular in your network, along with other recommended items. It's one of the first stops for X users who want to catch up on what's being said on the platform, without spending too much time scrolling through their timeline.

For example, a TechCrunch reader's page for you today might feature stories about Apple's upcoming iPad event, Microsoft's security overhaul, and burnout among AI engineers. As you tap on each story to view the related X posts, a summary of the story will now appear at the top of the page, providing an overview of the topic.

In the case of an AI burnout story, for example, the grok-driven summary begins: “The competitive race in the tech industry is causing AI engineers to face burnout and early rollouts, as companies solve real problems. Prioritize investor satisfaction over doing so.” After briefly touching on the issue of the AI ​​“rat race,” the story concludes by saying “Critics argue that proper safeguards and thoughtful innovation should not be an afterthought in the pursuit of AI investment… “

Hilariously, a message appears below this summary, warning: “Growk may make mistakes, verify results.”

The idea of ​​summarizing trends is not new, but it is new in terms of how summarization is being handled. Under his previous leadership, Twitter started adding captions and descriptions. On its trends in 2020, though not with the help of an AI bot. Instead, Twitter itself will annotate some of its daily trends with additional information and pin a representative tweet to provide more context. However, Twitter's rollout was haphazard, with some trending and others not.

With Grok Stories, as the digests are called, all the important news is summarized for you on the page.

xAI's chatbot approach to Grok is aimed at pushing users to buy premium subscriptions. With Premium and advanced Premium+ plans, users can access Grok by tapping the middle button at the bottom of the app. A fast and “rebellious” AI, Differentiator of Grok It has exclusive and real-time access to data from other AI chatbots like ChatGPT X.

Oh Post published Elon Musk's plan for AI-powered news on X was revealed by tech journalist Alex Kontrowitz on Friday, based on an email conversation with X to X's owner.

Kantrowitz says the conversation on X will form the focus of Grok's summaries. Grok won't look at article text, in other words, even if people on the platform are discussing it. This can be a problem in terms of painting a true picture of the news being shared, as what people are talking about on X may be their reactions or opinions, not the news itself. Kantrowitz calls the move “controversial” but admits the opportunity is there.

Journalists already have to contend with AI news summaries in other sectors as well, including from startups. For example, Arch's new web browser includes one. AI abstract feature And former Twitter engineers are building one. An AI news summary service called Particle.. How this will work in terms of traffic to news sites remains to be seen. Kantrowitz believes that users “may be interested in delving deeper into the source material once their curiosity is piqued,” he writes. But it's also likely that at least some news sites will go out of business as AI summaries reduce page views, leaving fewer resources for AI bots like Grok to shorten in the long run. go

For this reason, some news publishers are entering into contracts with AI providers such as OpenAI recently announced a partnership with the FT.. Others, e.g Axel Springerthe A.PAnd Le Mondehas also announced similar measures. In X's case, it's able to capture news through the conversations around it – and without having to contribute to access the news content itself. This is both sobering and alarming, the latter from a disinformation perspective.

Grok's Stories is now rolling out to Premium X subscribers. access to Premium Starts at $8 per month, if paying on the web and not through app stores.

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