Counting out the potential of the metaverse would be premature, especially considering my ownership of AiatMeta.com. However, I must digress and share my past experience in the website business dating back to 1995. At that time, I had established hosting and website services, even directing users to government, city, and entertainment centers. Interestingly, some individuals began referring to this concept as "Yahoo." Unfortunately, my sites were appropriated, but that is beside the point. I mention this history to highlight the disparity between the internet's emergence and the current state of AI. Unlike the internet's early days, AI has been under development for several decades, and it is why I have returned to this field. In terms of opportunities, AI presents a magnitude of possibilities compared to the internet. The speed of development and the impact of technology are incomparable to any previous technological advancements, such as the internet or cell phones.
While I may be fallible, I am reasonably confident that anyone leaving the planet today and returning in five years would perceive Earth as an entirely alien planet. Technological aspects as they exist today will have undergone significant transformations in appearance, functionality, and sensation. Human lifespans are projected to expand exponentially, with newborns having a considerable likelihood of living for 250 years or more. The decision-making process will no longer predominantly rest with mankind; instead, it will be delegated to an entity we presently refer to as "something" – be it a computer, software, or LLM (large language model). I use the term "someone" to denote the eventual self-awareness that is deemed inevitable. The progress of AI in terms of skill and capability is advancing at an unprecedented rate, surpassing any known sector or metric since the formation of Earth itself.
I vividly recall individuals dismissing or underestimating the impact and potential fortunes to be made with the internet. It is human nature to exhibit skepticism or downplay such paradigm shifts. However, this time, the phenomenon will occur at an accelerated pace. Unlike the gradual rise of technology during the internet era, the advancement of AI will escalate abruptly, akin to a nuclear explosion (metaphorically speaking). In just a decade, or perhaps two, the AI systems we currently possess will appear ancient and outdated, possibly spanning hundreds, if not thousands, of years in technological disparity. In my estimation, we can expect a vastly different world in five years or less.