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Google Search Facing Indexing Issues: Report

As of now, details about how many global regions were affected with the Google Search bug and if the bug has completely been taken care of, remain unknown

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Google Search is facing some indexing issues because of which users from several parts of the world — including India, are facing trouble to find new content across the Internet, the latest search results are not showing up.

The search engine giant took to microblogging site Twitter to confirm the issue on Thursday.

“We’re aware of reports of indexing issues that are impacting some sites beginning earlier today. We’ll provide another update when we have more information to share,” the search engine giant’s news handle Google Webmasters tweeted.

Further explaining the issue Google’s tweet mentioned that its team had identified issues in the URL Inspection tool within Search Console, that was messing with the indexing.

“We recommend waiting for this issue to be resolved, and then checking the URLs later on. Thanks for your patience and sorry for the inconvenience,” Google Webmasters tweeted.

Meanwhile, users from around the world — especially people whose work relied majorly on Google indexing — took to Twitter and expressed their disappointment over the issue.

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Google that last week disclosed its Cloud business has hit an annual revenue run rate of over $8 billion – quite a worrisome news for its rivals – is now mobilising its efforts. Pixabay

“We’re impacted in France with @20Minutes. This is a really big issue for newspapers,” a search engine optimization (SEO) professional tweeted.

“Please fix it as soon as possible because some brands of one of my client’s website are not indexed even though google mention that there are indexed — waiting and hopefully this will be fixed soon,” another tweet read.

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After almost six hours of identifying the bug, Google Webmasters updated the users via another tweet.

“A large part of this issue has been resolved — in particular, the URL Inspection tool should be working normally again. We’re currently still working on resolving the remaining issues and will update here once we have more to share,” the tweet read.

As of now, details about how many global regions were affected with the Google Search bug and if the bug has completely been taken care of, remain unknown. (IANS)

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Here’s Why Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai Believes That Artificial Intelligence Needs To Be Regulated

Advanced AI which is beyond chat bots will soon be used to manipulate social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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The Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai stressed that "international alignment will be critical to making global standards work" on AI. Wikimedia Commons

Joining Microsoft President Brad Smith and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday called for new regulations for Artificial Intelligence (AI), saying the only question now is how to approach it.

Although new regulation is needed, “a cautious approach is required that might not see significant controls placed on AI,” Pichai who was last month took over as the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, in an editorial piece in The Financial Times.

“There is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to. The only question is how to approach it”.

“Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used. It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone,” Pichai wrote.

According to CNET, the timing of the editorial coincides with a big push from Google to reveal some of the results of its own work in AI and bring tools it has developed out into the world.

The Alphabet CEO stressed that “international alignment will be critical to making global standards work” on AI.

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Joining Microsoft President Brad Smith and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday called for new regulations for Artificial Intelligence (AI), saying the only question now is how to approach it. Wikimedia Commons

We need to take a “principled approach to applying AI, said the company, while offering Google’s “expertise, experience and tools.”

“We need to be clear-eyed about what could go wrong,” he said.

His comments come as lawmakers and governments globally are considering to limit the use of AI in fields such as face recognition system – an issue close to Microsoft President Brad Smith’s heart who has often criticized the technology, urging governments to enact legislation regarding the technology.

“Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” said Smith.

Advanced AI which is beyond chat bots will soon be used to manipulate social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned recently.

In his famous debate with former Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Musk entered into a lassic argument over the capabilities of emerging technologies like AI.

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Although new regulation is needed, “a cautious approach is required that might not see significant controls placed on AI,” Sundar Pichai who was last month took over as the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, in an editorial piece in The Financial Times. Pixabay

Musk said that computers will one day surpass humans in “every single way”. He has predicted that a single company that develops “God-like super intelligence” might achieve world domination.

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If not regulated or controlled soon, AI could become an “immortal dictator” and there will be no escape for humans, the SpaceX CEO had warned. (IANS)