YouTube may be next in line to get generative AI features that help go through comments, explain videos, and more. Google’s video-sharing platform has just announced that it’s experimenting with two new features powered by artificial intelligence, meaning they are probably coming soon.
Initially, these features will be accessible exclusively to Premium users, with plans to eventually extend availability to all users. According to YouTube, only a select group of Premium users in the United States currently have access to these features. Premium users can check their eligibility for these features by visiting this link.
According to a recent blog post from YouTube, the app is getting a “conversational AI tool” soon which will operate similarly to ChatGPT and Google Bard. This will be available right underneath the video playback screen and it can be used for a number of functions.
As shown in the GIF above, there will soon be a brand new “Ask” button right below the “Subscribe” button. This will open up a chat window where users can ask all sorts of questions to an AI chatbot. This can be used to summarize the video, find related content, and describe the topic some more, among other features.
This is how YouTube explains it in its blog post: “To help you dive deeper into the content you’re watching, we’re experimenting with a conversational AI tool. This tool lets you get answers to questions about the video you’re watching, recommendations for related content, and more, all without interrupting playback. For certain academic videos, the tool can aid learning journeys by providing quizzes and responses that encourage deeper understanding.”
Popular videos have tens of thousands of comments which can take too long to scroll through. For that reason, YouTube is introducing AI features that can organize large comment sections in long videos into topics that are easier to go through.
The blog post reads: “Creators can use these comment summaries to more quickly jump into comment discussions on their videos, or to draw inspiration for new content based on what their audiences are discussing. If creators want to remove any comment topics, they can delete individual comments that show up under the specific topic.”
YouTube adds that summaries can only be created from published comments and not from comments being held for review or if they include any blocked words or users.
Since these features are still in their experimental phase, it is unclear when they will be launched to the public.