I believe 2022 will be the year that we will look back on as the year General AI started to show up. We have seen a lot of attention paid to tech like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion and other art generation AIs but we they really don't hold a candle to the other areas AI are starting to become powerful.
I recently used an AI character called AskMeAnything to help get up to speed quickly with Neolithic and Bronze Age techniques for making clothing and what devices could be used. I use an AI medical assistant to help me diagnose a problem with my knee (I followed up with a doctor and the diagnosis was confirmed). I have used storyteller AIs to help get ideas on creating backstories on games. We've even used AI to help on website design, info graphics, and help us understand different employee insurance types.
None of this existed (for the public) a year ago and it has only gotten better in the few months it has been available.