Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson thinks AI interest resembles crypto hype cycle

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  • Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson sees a lot of similarity between the crypto hype cycle and the renewed interest in artificial intelligence. 
  • Wilson remarked on the two industries at a Thursday event in New York. 

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson likened renewed excitement toward artificial intelligence to the cycle he's seen around cryptocurrency.

"I think these technologies kind of go in these hype cycles," Wilson said. "We had this huge hype cycle in web3. And now we’re definitely in the trough of disillusionment and we’re in the full hype cycle of AI. And I think there will come a time when we calm down a little bit and realize we’re not gonna be working for robots in a few years."

Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures, was speaking in a Thursday panel where he discussed AI and crypto.

Crypto and AI

Wilson's Union Square Ventures has invested in numerous companies like Twitter, Coinbase and Stripe. Also on the roster include web3 powerhouses like Dapper Labs and Dune Analytics, as well as AI-focused startups like Alife. 

Amid regulatory uncertainty in the web3 industry, Wilson has said that USV will "double down" on crypto venture capital investments, The Block previously reported.

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