Quora, Google AIs say eggs can be melted
Occurred: September 2023
An incorrect answer about whether eggs can be melted generated by Quora’s AI system Poe was repeated in Google's Featured Snippets.
Poe, which is powered by OpenAI's GPT-3 large language model, had responded to the question 'Can you melt an egg' with 'the most common way to melt an egg is to heat it using a stove or a microwave.' The mistaken answer was then automatically picked up by Google's search engine and run as a Featured Snippet.
Quora updated Poe's answer to the question. Meantime, as noted by Futurism, Google Search's featured snippet began to feature a quote from an Ars Technica article that repeated Poe's mistaken claim.
The incident raised concerns about the reliability of both systems, and the ease with which AI-generated misinformation and disinformation can go viral.
Published: September 2023
Last updated: November 2023