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Google Assistant Now Has a Bunch of New Travel Features

cntraveler.com 10 January 2019
As we get closer and closer to Google planning entire trips for us, the tech giant announced upgrades to its Google Assistant today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will make certain aspects of travel easier, and hands free.If you're unfamiliar with Google Assistant, it's the little helper on Android and iPhones (Google's Siri or Alexa, if you will) and Google Home devices. Ever since 2016, we've been able to work with Assistant to do certain aspects of trip planning. As Brad Rickman put it for Traveler: "Instead of doing what you do today -- pulling out your laptop and vanishing down a troll hole of Yelp commentary -- you just say, out loud, into the air of your presumably empty apartment, 'I want to go to Bali.' And a voice that's almost librarian-like, familiar but not intimate, friendly but professional, says back to you, "Okay. When?" Twenty minutes and a few exchanges later, you've reviewed your flight options, picked out an Airbnb, booked a seafood dinner for your second night on the island, and added the whole trip to your calendar without lifting a finger. The flight's on an airline with which you have status; the Airbnb has Wi-Fi because that's always non-negotiable for you; and the restaurant's gin game is strong. And it's all already on your phone, right beside a list of recommended sights built around your bookings in place and time."So what's new? Here a few prompts you can now give your Assistant.

How Hotels Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Your Stay | cntraveler.com

cntraveler.com 5 April 2018
Many of us now use small doses of AI in everyday life (like Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, and everything smart home), but hotels are putting this once-sci-fi technology to more widespread use.From concierge robots to personalized rooms to lively chatbots, your next holiday may include help from some artificially intellectualized friends. While you may miss, say, the smile or handshake you get from their human counterparts, these systems can create hyper-personalized experiences and comprehensively upgrade the level of service during your stay. Keep an eye out for these features at your next check-in.

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