Remember watching “The Matrix” for the first time?

If you’re anything like me, you walked away from the movie mystified by what is actually real in this world and what isn’t.

I think about that concept a lot. Maybe too much.

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Are we really humans or are we simply some type of simulation? And what’s the difference?

How would we even know if we were a simulation?

In the Matrix, humans created computer programs that simulated reality. The more the computer programs were used, the smarter they got.

That’s a real thing.

It’s called artificial intelligence. No doubt you’re aware of the concept. It’s not a new one.

I’m just not sure if you realize how close we are to the Matrix movie becoming reality.

You might wanna sit down for this one. Maybe pour yourself a drink.

You take the blue pill… the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill… you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes

It’s time to take the red pill.

Artificial Conversations

Seven weeks ago (on November 30, 2022), a company called OpenAI released their conversational AI product called ChatGPT.

In just 1 week, ChatGPT got 1 million users. They got 22 million users in their first month and are now expected to reach 1 billion users (15% of the entire world population) before the 1st anniversary of their launch. Oh, and they’re projecting $1b in revenue in their 2nd year of business.

Right now it’s free (and it’s costing the company ~$5M per month to keep it free).

The New York Times (and a massive amount of other media sources) have called it “the best conversational AI chatbot that has ever been released to the public”.

Microsoft invested a few billion in the company and currently owns 49%. Rumor has it they are putting another $10b into the organization.

That’s how important it is.

The fact that it could very meaningfully destroy Google is not lost on Microsoft. (More on that in a minute.)

First, let me explain why you’re going to be using ChatGPT a lot in the near future.

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A Quick Explanation

A conversational chatbot is an AI engine that interacts in a conversational way. That’s the most important thing about ChatGPT specifically – the amazing way it has human-like conversations.

You’re already familiar with the concept of conversational chatbots, you just may not realize it. The image below is an example of what existing conversational chatbots are like.