The End of the Internet: AI is Here & Already Completely Transformative
Don’t believe the anti-hype or get distracted by fear mongers and clickbait luddites, the revolution is changing everything
For every action, expect an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s third law analogously applies to the recent frenzy around all things ChatGPT and AI, as a tsuanami of news stories now swirl about its failings. But don’t get distracted by the nonsense: since OpenAI’s chatbot launched in November of last year everything has changed, and we’re experiencing just the start:
Websites will become obsolete (and then everything else)
The foundation of the Internet and our utilization of it has centered around hypertext markup language pages discoverable through uniform resource locators — in other words, a “website”. Thanks to ChatGPT and their rapidly multiplying and forever evolving ilk, these digital landing pages will cease to exist. In their stead will be chunks of content fed right into AI databases.
You read that correctly, no more websites. That’s because they no longer serve any purpose, essentially getting in the way of questions people ask, and AI-generated answers. Search engines work by connecting keyword strings to web pages, the user on their own from there. Answer engines work by directly providing the requested data to the user. No more URLs.
Instead of building and populating websites, creators and distributors will upload their content directly into proprietary AI databases. Current specialties such as search engine optimization will morph into expertise focused on providing the AI bots with data in prescribed formats, optimal “tokens” that best respond to user queries with the most relevant results.
All consumable content will eventually be created in these AI-friendly formats, so newspapers, magazines, and books will also cease to exist. News and magazine articles, short stories and novels, every current modality will take the form of chunks of content uploaded into the AI cloud, then deconstructed into tokens and reconstructed into “answers”.
New “chatvertising” models will be created