One of the problems of the Web3/Crytocurrencies/decentralization hype cycle of the past years was that even its most loyal evangelists had trouble finding real use cases. During the Web3 highs, there was little real value created. People did money by speculation. Even today, the price of Bitcoin is sustained by speculation.
The metaverse, despite all the money invested by Meta and many other companies, is still far away. Nobody—not even the creators of the technology—is craving to be given a VR headset to be used full time at work.
In contrast, ChatGPT and its peers are real and are being used by millions of people.
Some people try to downplay ChatGTP pointing to its sporadic lack of accuracy or that its answers are generic and they could have found something similar searching the classic way. The thing is that ChatGTP is not so much about novell insights. You can search for the same information using your favorite search engine. But can you ask the search engine to refine its answer? Does it give you a summary of the main points? Just maintaining the context of the conversation is a gamechanger.
Om Malik says that ChatGPT is one of those aha moments in the history of technology:
Netscape browser opened us up to the wonder of infinite information. Google made it easy for us to search and pull up whatever we needed, whenever we needed. The iPhone (and later smartphones) made information available anywhere, anytime. These three events changed our behavior and how we viewed and interacted with information. ChatGPT is one of those moments — after this, we will interact with information in an entirely different way: as an almost human conversation.
ChatGTP is about changing the way we intereact with information.