The End of Googling is Nigh

Work is underway for the next iteration of AI - PI - Personalised AI. It will replace the need to use Google to search form information.


Gareth X Thomas

7/14/20232 min read

A single robotic eye look off to your left. Looks like it's a robotic head. DALLE generated image.
A single robotic eye look off to your left. Looks like it's a robotic head. DALLE generated image.

A bold statement! But I remember reading a novel in the early 90s which was set in a future when we’d all have personal handheld devices which would connect to ‘the network’. What great vision! I distinctly remember being excited about the possibility — having only just begun to use Netscape on clunky CRT monitors in those days!

Watching Mustafa Suleyman on today’s Washington Post Live session, I got the same feeling that what he was saying was a realistic vision of the future.

His company, Inflection AI, is developing what they see at the next step in AI: Pi — a personal artificial intelligence. Think of it as a cross between Siri, ChatGPT and an executive assistant. Oh and it’s built with integrated safety and ethical protocols. You can have a play on their website:

It was great to hear that he and his colleagues take the concerns around AI and its development so seriously. But that concerns are there to be addressed, not stop progress.

He told an anecdote about the Rainhill Trials — where the first locomotive trains were tested in 1830. As it happens, I was born less than a mile away from that site. Not in 1830. In the early days of train travel, there were real fears that humans would not be able to withstand speeds of 30 mph or that the air would be sucked out of carriages and passengers would suffocate. Some of the scare stories about AI seem to have the same tenor.

AI is here to stay. It won’t take all the jobs. We won’t be overrun by robots. It has the potential to make things very different. And it does have the potential to be abused. Transparency (in respect of training an AI model) and regulation (in respect of observing AI model output) are essential.

It’s my view that if Pi and other developments are successful, the current way of Googling (other search engines are available — apparently) will be extinct. It will simply be an unnecessary step in how we access our information. It’s way too early to determine what that means for the current model but it will be exciting to see.

I can confirm that this is all my own work with no assistance whatsoever from any form of AI!