Digging through a bunch of websites to find information is annoying, but we’re in trouble if the primary sources go away.
Apart from primary source detachment, the other vital issue to address is how "organising the world's information" is being conducted through a myopic American cultural lens. This is, in effect, rewriting and filtering the information made available in 'bot conversations. Even now, for example, Bing Chat refuses to discuss, or prefers to ameliorate terms and cultural aspects which have been deemed not suitable for discussion (by lawyers, ethics panels, who knows?), even if these issues might play a major part in the United States or another country's history or current affairs. Orwell/Blair was right, but he might be surprised how content we are to sit back and watch this happen.
This is likely a dumb question, so forgive me in advance.
But let’s say Google/Microsoft recognizes the value of the source information. Would they ever consider sharing revenue with the sources of info used in their response to users?
I guess that would mean the user would have to pay for the chat function, but maybe that’s possible if it really does save folks time?
I just wrote about this as well and am really worried about the primary source problem. You think misinformation is bad now. ugh. If you ask ChtGPT if it can do primary research, it says that it can't yet it still gives people information without citing it or telling people that they should find the primary source.