This is the next step on the path of bringing astral Internet to everyone.
Bill Gates Says AI Could Mean , the End of Search Engines. Gates recently spoke at a San Francisco tech event called AI Forward, Insider reports. He said that artificial intelligence could become advanced enough to eliminate the need for search engines or online shopping. That's because top AI firms would likely develop personal digital agents. . Whoever wins the personal agent, that's the big thing, because you will never go to a search site again, you will never go to a productivity site, you'll never go to Amazon again, Bill Gates, speaking at AI Forward. For example, a personal digital agent could "read the stuff you don't have time to read.". While Gates would like Microsoft to have a hand in developing such a technology. he said there's a 50% chance that a startup will become a leader in AI in the future. . The technology is still far from being ready for widespread use, Gates said. Gates published a letter called 'The Age of AI has Begun' in March. In it, he states that developing AI is "as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the internet and the mobile phone."
Whoever has a new version of Edge has probably gotten those notices about the new Bing AI bot. (I haven't looked at it because it's not something I asked for.) I think he is probably right in the quote above however. The Internet is pretty much dead already. Too many people are online which has forced Google and Bing to restrict their search results to 8, repeated on all pages. For many search topics these 8 results are all ads. This means the discipline known as SEO, search engine optimization, is getting obsolete, you can't get on the results unless you pay for an ad.
Search engines no longer respond to Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) but will just show things that contain the words you wrote at random, even search functions on individual websites don't bother to include this basic functionality.
This seems to set the ground for an AI agent which will handle all of this for you. No one knows how the Internet works, so it's only natural that the next step is to add a GUI layer in between the browser and the user. This is the AI assistant they are pushing, but which hasn't been created yet. You'd no longer type in words, but instead communicate with the agent who finds or recommends things for you. Unless normal search functions are built up again, this can go no other way.
And that AI agent will be censored, it will require an account to log your activities and it will probably have the user recognition function where it can determine by your tone of voice and typing characteristics who you are even when not logged in.
Because this is pretty much inevitable, and the goal of this project initially was to create an "astral FB", it seems necessary to jump ahead and take control at once.