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YouTube's new feature: Quick video summaries with AI

The AI auto-generated summaries aim to provide users with a concise overview of the video's content, allowing them to decide if it aligns with their interests.

Edited By: Vishal Upadhyay New Delhi Published on: August 02, 2023 15:53 IST
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YouTube, the popular video-sharing platform owned by Google, is rolling out new features to enhance user experience. The company recently announced that it is testing AI-generated video summaries which makes it easier for users to quickly grasp the content of a video before watching it. 

These summaries will be accessible on both watch and search pages, offering a convenient way for users to determine if a video is the right fit for them.

It's important to note that these AI-generated summaries won't replace the traditional video descriptions, which are written by the creators themselves. Instead, they serve as an additional tool to aid users in their video selection process.

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The testing phase for this new feature is currently limited to a select number of videos and viewers. The company said it encourages those who come across the feature to share their feedback, as user opinions will play a vital role in refining and improving the functionality.

This isn't the only AI-driven enhancement YouTube has been experimenting with. Just last month, the platform announced AI-generated quizzes on its mobile app Home feed. These quizzes are designed to help users explore and learn about topics that interest them. 

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The platform is also working to prevent accidental disruptions during video playback. It is testing a new lock screen feature for Android and iOS devices, allowing users to disable touch input while watching a video. This feature aims to avoid unintentional pauses, skips, or disruptions caused by accidental taps.

Moreover, YouTube is exploring ways to optimise video-watching speed. The platform is testing a feature that enables users to easily watch videos at 2x speed. By long-pressing anywhere on the video player while watching, users can instantly double the playback speed, catering to those who prefer faster-paced content consumption.


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