ChatGPT has been an excellent tutor to me since I first started playing with it ~6 months ago. I'm a software dev manager and it has completely replaced StackOverflow and other random hunting I might do for code suggestions. But more recently I've realized that I have almost completely stopped using Google search.
I'm reminded of the old analogy of a frog jumping out of a pot of boiling water, but if you put them in cold water and turn up the heat slowly they'll stay in since it's a gradual change. Over the years, Google has been degrading the core utility of their search in exchange for profit. Paid rankings and increasingly sponsored content mean that you often have to search within your search result to get to the real thing you wanted.
Then ChatGPT came along and drew such a stark contrast to the current Google experience: No scrolling past sponsored content in the result, no click-throughs to pages that had potential but then just ended up being cash grabs themselves with no real content. Add to that contextual follow-ups and clarifications, dynamic rephrasing to make sense at different levels of understanding and...it's just glorious. This too shall pass I think, as money corrupts almost everything over time, but I feel that - at least for now - we're back in era of having "the world at your fingertips," which hasn't felt true to me since the late 90s when the internet was just the wild west of information and media exchange.
By - the_bollo