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Artificial Intelligence: The Future Of Travel Industry

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Machines may not have taken over the world yet, but they are seeping into our lives and making it better. AI is changing every aspect of our lives. From self-driving cars to talking bots, there are so many examples of AI in use today. The technology is disrupting so many industries, and the travel industry isn't exempt from this. Gone are the days when you had to count on a travel agent to plan your next vacation.


Trip Table Estimation and Prediction for Dynamic Traffic Assignment Applications

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

The study focuses on estimating and predicting time-varying origin to destination (OD) trip tables for a dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) model. A bi-level optimisation problem is formulated and solved to estimate OD flows from pre-existent demand matrix and historical traffic flow counts. The estimated demand is then considered as an input for a time series OD demand prediction model to support the DTA model for short-term traffic condition forecasting. Results show a high capability of the proposed OD demand estimation method to reduce the DTA model error through an iterative solution algorithm. Moreover, the applicability of the OD demand prediction approach is investigated for an incident analysis application for a major corridor in Sydney, Australia.


Skift Webinar: Machine Learning -- Creating More Human Interactions for Travel Brands

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In our upcoming webinar, we're taking a closer look at machine learning, a technology that has the potential to transform how travel brands interact with their customers and deliver more personalized experiences. Register now to attend on Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Machine learning is taking the travel industry by storm. Experts suggest this game-changing technology could fundamentally transform significant portions of the travel business, whether that's marketing, pricing decisions, loyalty programs, customer service, supply chain management, operations, or beyond. One 2018 study by McKinsey estimated that artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, two technologies closely associated with machine learning, will have an $800 billion economic impact on the travel industry.


A Natural Language-Inspired Multi-label Video Streaming Traffic Classification Method Based on Deep Neural Networks

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Yan Shi, Dezhi Feng, and Subir Biswas Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Abstract: This paper presents a deep-learning based traffic might not scale well and need updates to work under the new classification method for identifying multiple streaming video traffic conditions. Growth in video streaming traffic is arguably sources at the same time within an encrypted tunnel. The work the most significant recent change in network traffic, yet there defines a novel feature inspired by Natural Language are only a limited number of researches targeting video Processing (NLP) that allows existing NLP techniques to help streaming protocols [7]-[9]. The feature extraction method is (where multiple types of network traffic occur at the same time) described, and a large dataset containing video streaming and is left out of the existing research as well but happens quite often web traffic is created to verify its effectiveness. Results are in real-world situations. The targeted traffic type needs to be obtained by applying several NLP methods to show that the extended to cover these changes. We also show the ability to learning using deep learning methods. The trend has prompted achieve zero-shot learning with the proposed method.


Meet the computer scientist using artificial intelligence to help 140,000 paying customers plan the perfect Disney vacation

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I have an alarm set for 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, which is the earliest that we can start making restaurant reservations for our trip. There's even a spreadsheet with all the restaurants we want to visit, as meticulously researched from videos and handy guides from places like Disney Food Blog and WDW Prep School. So I was more than receptive when someone recommended that I check out TouringPlans.com It's a premium service, with subscriptions priced starting at $16 per year. It has seven full-time employees on the staff, and 12 part-time employees, says Testa, as well as a business in publishing "Unofficial Guides" to Disney World, Disneyland, and other popular tourist destinations.


Meet the computer scientist using artificial intelligence to help 140,000 paying customers plan the perfect Disney vacation

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I have an alarm set for 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, which is the earliest that we can start making restaurant reservations for our trip. There's even a spreadsheet with all the restaurants we want to visit, as meticulously researched from videos and handy guides from places like Disney Food Blog and WDW Prep School. So I was more than receptive when someone recommended that I check out TouringPlans.com-- a site that uses complex algorithms to help you plan the perfect vacation at Disney World, Disneyland, or a handful of other theme parks like Universal Studios Orlando. It's a premium service, with subscriptions priced starting at $16 per year. It has seven full-time employees on the staff, and 12 part-time employees, says Testa, as well as a business in publishing "Unofficial Guides" to Disney World, Disneyland, and other popular tourist destinations.


Got Any Time-Travel Plans This Summer?

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The last few years have seen an uptick in pop culture stories featuring time travel, from the repetitions and revisions of "The Good Place" and "Russian Doll" to developments in "Game of Thrones," "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Avengers: Endgame." Sometimes the MacGuffin by which we get to play with anachronism, but often also rooted in questions of free will and determinism, time travel is a fascinating springboard for fiction: Are there many futures, or just one? Can you change the past without changing the future, or yourself? This column brings together books about time fractured and out of joint, time as an unbroken lineage resisting empire, and time travel glimpsed through the overlapping lenses of psychology, philosophy and physics. Kameron Hurley's THE LIGHT BRIGADE (Saga, $26.99) is based on her 2015 short story of the same name, fleshing out the high-concept skeleton of a story about soldiers who are literally broken into light in order to teleport them to different theaters of war.


Is Artificial Intelligence Really Disrupting Travel?

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Let's take this onslaught of information and clinically dissect it to get a clearer view of how the travel industry will be affected. We can broadly define the core aspects of the travel industry in three main categories: preparation, buying and the actual experience itself. Assume you want to go from New York to London on vacation. If you are bringing your family of four or five people, you will likely end up searching for hours on various search engines like Kayak or Expedia to get the right itinerary and number of stops, book the nearest airport, etc. This is a time-consuming and frustrating part of the vacation planning process.


Spain A Rising Star In The Startup Scene

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As a world class tourist destination, Spain is considered to have it all; from a rich vibrant culture, world heritage sights, and a culinary scene fit for any foodie, Spain has something for everyone. On the tech front, Spain is a rising star as its startup scene is becoming the country's most flourishing sector. However, let us rewind approximately 10 years to the global financial crisis that took the world by storm. Spain was heavily hit by the 2008 global financial crisis, when the housing market crashed, leaving half-finished projects scattered from the suburbs of Madrid to the shores of the Mediterranean coastline. The sense of revival in Spain is clearer than the waters off Barcelona's coastline.


Q&A: Travel startup paves way for industry consolidation (Includes interview)

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In May 2019 Google announced the consolidation of all its travel features. Google Maps, Trips, Hotels and Flights will combine to make one Google Travel, easing the process for vacation planning. Travel startup VacationRenter, which launched last year, pioneered this model for vacation rentals, based on an artificial intelligence driven platform. According to VacationRenter's newly appointed COO, ex-Googler Marco del Rosario, both Google Travel and VacationRenter are early adopters of a pivotal strategy for today's travel technology: consolidation. Digital Journal: How has the world of travel changed in recent years?