The Misunderstood Elephant in the Room: The Ripple Effect of AI Tools

ChatGPT is old news, but its ripple effect has just started being a thing

Eugenio De Lucchi
5 min readJan 25, 2023
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Engineers are using artificial intelligence to write code and reduce development time by 20%, doctors to write medical letters, and ordinary people to produce children’s books on a weekend.

Two months after its launch, ChatGPT is no longer news, and its ripple effect is beginning to spread. More than a million users have lined up to try it out in less than a week, making OpenAI’s chatbot the fastest-growing technology platform in history.

The effects of this tool are still widely discussed and still under scrutiny.

Much has been said about how ChatGTP, or other AI chatBots, could replace search engines. But in itself, the potential decline of Google would represent the most insignificant of all implications.

Over the past few days, ChatGPT has collected all sorts of comparisons. Some have compared it to the invention of spreadsheets, others to the iPhone in terms of social implications.

More realistically, no innovation of the recent past compares to the generative AI revolution. One of the reasons is that generative AI destroys the paradigm of human monopoly over creative…