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 Explore section of the app. according to a Announcement And screenshots posted by the

The For You page displays news and stories being shared on X’s platform that are popular among your network, along with other suggested items. It’s one of the first stops for X users who want to understand what’s being said on the platform, without spending a long time scrolling through their timeline.

For example, a TechCrunch reader’s For You page today might include 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 post, a summary of the story will now appear at the top of the page, offering an overview of the subject matter.

For example, in the case of the AI ​​burnout story, the Grok-driven summary begins: “The competitive race in the tech industry is causing AI engineers to suffer burnout and rushed rollouts as companies struggle to solve real problems.” Instead, it gives priority to investor satisfaction. After briefly touching on the problem of the AI ​​”rat race”, the story ends by saying “Critics argue that appropriate safeguards and thoughtful innovation should not be an afterthought in the pursuit of AI investments…”

Funnily enough, a message appears below that summary, warning: “Grok may make mistakes, verify its output.”

The idea of ​​summarizing trends is not new, but what is new is the context of how the summaries are being managed. Under its previous leadership, Twitter starts adding titles and descriptions For your 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 further context. However, Twitter’s rollout was disorganized, with some trends charting and some not.

With Grok’s stories, as summaries are called, all the top news stories are presented briefly on the For You page.

Access to XAI’s chatbot Grok is intended to encourage users to purchase premium subscriptions. With the Premium and top-tier Premium+ plans, users can access Grok by tapping on the bottom middle button of the app. A sarcastic and “rebellious” AI, Grok’s differential It has exclusive and real-time access to X data from other AI chatbots like ChatGPT.

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Kantrowitz says that the conversation on X will be the core of Grok’s summary. Grok won’t look at the text of the article, in other words, even if that’s what people are discussing on the forum. This can be a problem in terms of presenting 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. Kantrowitz calls the move “controversial” but acknowledges there are opportunities.

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

For that reason, some news publishers are striking deals with AI providers OpenAI recently announced a partnership with the FT, axel springerThe AP, le monde And others have announced similar steps. In the case of X, it is able to receive news through surrounding conversations – and without the need for the partner to access the news content. From a misinformation perspective, this is both smart and worrying.

Grok’s Tales is now available to Premium X subscribers. access to premium price If payment is made on the web and not through the App Store, starts at $8 per month.