Google SGE suggests user drinks urine to pass kidney stones

Occurred: May 2024

Google’s SGE AI-powered search tool advised a user to drink their own urine in order to get rid of kidney stones. 

Asked for a quick way to get rid of kidney stones by X/Twitter user @dril, SGE (Search Generative Experience) recommended the user drink 2 litres of their own urine daily, sparking outrage and ridicule from health professionals and technology experts

The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking 1.8 to 3.6 litres of water daily to pass kidney stones. 

The search results were rectified; however, the incident was seen to mark another embarrassing moment for Google's attempts to accelerate its generative AI outputs, and a reminder of the importance of rigorous testing and monitoring to prevent such mishaps.

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Developer: Alphabet/Google
Country: USA
Sector: Health
Purpose: Generate search results
Technology: Machine learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: May 2024