The Dead Web is Coming
DEAD WEB: The Dark Side of Generative Tech
This book introduces a meta layer over the Web that creates The book discusses the rise of generative technology, including natural language processing tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT, and the potential consequences for various industries, such as content marketing and education. It also examines the impact on the way we find and consume information online, including the proliferation of AI-generated content and the potential for filter bubbles and confirmation biases. The book also delves into the explosion of AI applications and the homogenization of web content, as well as the lack of context and authenticity in the information we encounter. Finally, the book explores the implications for cognitive freedom, sensemaking, and democracy in the age of AI.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why does the Web Seem So Fake?
Chapter 2: The Rise of Generative Tech
Chapter 3: The Emergent Explosion of AI Applications
Chapter 4: The Integral Accident
Chapter 5: A Homogenous Web
Chapter 6: A Web Without Context and Authenticity
Chapter 7: The Search for Meaningful Information
Chapter 8: For Cognitive Freedom and Democracy
Epilogue: Back to the Future
Someone once told me, "Everyone has a book in them, but for most people, the problem is getting it out?" I thought it was a famous saying, but it turns out it isn't though there is certainly some truth to it. My father--a world-renowned sociologist--has written 200 publications on the topics of alcohol and drugs, but my biological mother has struggled to write her own book. Despite drafting it multiple times, she has never been satisfied with the result. Dyslexia, a negative self-attitude, and low self-esteem have contributed to her difficulty. It's been years since we've spoken, but I hope she's been able to finally finish her book.
I have another friend who has always wanted to write a book, but he's the CEO of a successful tech company and never has had the time. He may soon have the opportunity, though, as they are looking for a successor.
If you have had trouble getting your book out, I want you to know that the world has changed. With generative AI, anyone can write a book in a fraction of the time and effort it used to take. Authors are now more like curators and executive producers, focusing on the big ideas while the AI handles the rest. It's important to have original ideas if you want your book to stand out, but the writing process itself can be much quicker.
"Everyone has a book inside them, which is exactly where it should, I think, in most cases, remain." ~ Christopher Hitchens
While I believe it's best to avoid adding to the already overwhelming amount of low-quality digital content floating around, there will inevitably be more books, articles, and posts written. If you've always wanted to express yourself through writing, now is the time to do it. There are tools available to help you generate ideas, edit, illustrate, summarize, and create social content for your book. If you're interested in using these tools to write a book that can change the world, check out my course on how to write one in days to weeks.
Generative tech is a rapidly growing field, with tools available for all types of publications, including social content, emails, articles, books, videos, and music. There are even industry-specific tools for fields like healthcare and law.
The world is your canvas, and generative tech is a genie at your command.
You provide a prompt and it provides an answer. You give it feedback in the form of a follow up prompt and you’re off to the races. You now have the tools to become a great writer, master painter, prolific coder, and more.