How Google is improving Chrome with artificial intelligence

The search giant is taking advantage of its AI know-how to improve its browser. Chrome has benefited from recent updates that allow it to automatically sort through the notifications you receive and prevent you from phishing attacks. And tomorrow, Google intends to go much further.

You may not have noticed, but Chrome is constantly and silently working on your security. Since March, Google has implemented a new model of machine learning in its browser which constantly analyzes the sites you visit, in an attempt to avoid you falling into one of the innumerable traps of the Web: scams, phishing, and so on. Google estimates that this new model is able to identify 2.5 times more malicious sites.

This is just one example of the various AI-powered features running underwater in Chrome. The browser also pays attention to the (probably too many) notifications you receive, which can quickly pollute the home screen of your smartphone. Thus, again thanks to the AI, and based on your past interactions with these notifications, it will “predict” whether you want them or not. He will silence them if he thinks they are harmful. This function already exists in Chrome, but until now it was performed remotely, on Google’s servers. In the next version of the browser, it will be done directly on your smartphone or computer, for more privacy.

Chrome's new interface auto-update feature
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Soon a toolbar that will change automatically

More surprisingly, Google also intends to automatically change the Chrome toolbar according to your surfing habits. In a future version of the browser, this will be adjusted ” in real time “ depending on your habits. If you share a lot of content in the morning, for example, Chrome will highlight the share button. If you dictate your searches by voice during the day, it will display the microphone icon instead, which allows you to invoke voice dictation. By trying each time to guess when each button will be most useful to you. Clever, but potentially frustrating. Google prefers to specify it: you can always modify the interface of its browser as you wish. Phew.

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