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Even with glitches, planning your next trip with AI is making me rethink travel

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Even with glitches, planning your next trip with AI is making me rethink travel

With vacation planning, most people fall into two camps: those who love planning and those who hate it.

Artificial intelligence tools like GuideGeek, developed by Matador Network and accessible via Meta’s Messenger app, offer a glimpse into a future where vacation planning is as simple as sending a text.

Yet, as we lean into this new era, it’s clear that these amazingly powerful tools come with their own set of quirks.

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AI travel ‘hallucinations’ can derail a trip

Take, for instance, the phenomenon known as “AI hallucinations.” These occur when the AI, attempting to fill gaps in its knowledge, invents answers. A classic example unfolded when an AI-powered assistant was asked about travel details for “Crete Freeze” instead of “Crete, Greece”. Instead of clarifying the query, the AI crafted a detailed story about a non-existent ice cream parlor in Pittsburgh. While creative, such responses aren’t particularly useful when you’re trying to plan an actual trip.

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When tiny missed details turn into big trouble

This isn’t an isolated incident. Across the travel industry, AI tools have mistakenly concocted false job histories and even non-existent travel destinations. This tendency can lead to significant travel planning errors, such as suggesting routes that don’t exist or accommodations that are the stuff of fiction.

Why does this happen? AI systems, particularly those based on generative models, strive to provide answers for every query. In doing so, they sometimes create plausible but incorrect information. While these errors are often corrected quickly, they highlight an important aspect of using AI in travel planning: verification is key.

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Family at the beach (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

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Embracing the new AI travel planning experiment

Matador Network has taken steps to mitigate these errors by introducing stringent checks and balances for GuideGeek. They’ve reduced the occurrence of hallucinations significantly, from a startling 14% down to a more manageable 2%. They achieved this by enhancing the AI’s training and integrating real-time data from reliable sources like Skyscanner and Expedia.

Despite these improvements, the responsibility ultimately falls on the travel planner to double-check all AI-generated plans. When using AI tools like GuideGeek, it’s prudent to verify the details of your itinerary as you would with a travel agent. Check flight schedules, hotel bookings and travel routes against trusted sources.

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A family at the beach (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

Verify any travel plans, whether from AI or a human expert

Incorporating AI into travel planning requires a balanced approach. While these tools can efficiently handle vast amounts of data and provide quick responses, their current propensity for errors cannot be overlooked. People should approach AI-generated travel plans with a healthy dose of both excitement and skepticism, reviewing and confirming details to avoid potential pitfalls.

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AI trip planning can open doors you never knew to knock on

The process of integrating AI into travel planning is undoubtedly exciting, and it promises a more streamlined and accessible future for travelers.

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Matador Network CEO Ross Borden points to the benefits of AI travel planning, saying, “We all know that typical experience of booking travel online – you’ve got 30 browser tabs open and a headache. GuideGeek is a travel genius that makes creating detailed travel plans much faster and more personalized. As the AI learns about you, the recommendations get more tailored to your interests and how you travel.”

I checked AI on one of my favorite Hawaiian destinations for trip-planning ideas known mostly by the locals and deeply entrenched experts. AI was able to identify a really fun area to hike in Kaua’i, along with the little-known secret of how to find parking nearby. I seldom see tourists there, and AI is about to change that. What it didn’t know to tell me is what happens if a common rain shower interrupts the hike, turning the elevated trail into a treacherous trench of mud – something a local or expert may have warned you about.

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GuideGeek website (GuideGeek)

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How to plan travel with AI using GuideGeek

Unlike other travel guides, if you have Instagram, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, you do not need to download a separate app to use GuideGeek. All you need to do is go to the main GuideGeek website. In the app you likely have already downloaded, you can either click the link or scan the QR code, which will launch GuideGeek on your designated app.

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GuideGeek screens on Instagram (GuideGeek)

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Chat with GuideGeek: Your personal, nonhuman AI travel assistant on Instagram

For instance, if you click “Open on Instagram,” GuideGeek will begin a direct message on the Instagram account you have on your device. You can ask any sort of travel question, and it’ll respond with an answer as a message.

The best part is that once you have opened it, you can continue to dialogue with GuideGeek for other areas of your travel needs – just don’t delete the chat window with GuideGeek. Of course, if you do, it is just as easy to restart another message with GuideGeek.

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GuideGeek AI on Facebook (GuideGeek)

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Planning travel with GuideGeek vs Google

What’s the difference between using GuideGeek instead of googling your questions? Targeted answers, so you’re not digging around many websites for that one piece of travel information you’re looking for. Additionally, the use of the Matador Network is hooking you up with an established online travel publication located in San Francisco with ​​more than 80 million monthly visitors and 16 million social media followers.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

With so much travel information online, it can be difficult to parse through all the data. And sometimes, too much information can actually create decision fatigue. Instead of trying to cobble together an itinerary from your neighbors, family, friends and the internet, you can use AI to pull together an exciting trip – just be sure to check each little detail for accuracy before packing your bags.

Have you utilized AI to help start or finish travel planning? If you could have a travel agent available on demand, would you use it? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact.

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Microsoft’s “Auto Super Resolution” DLSS competitor isn’t exclusive to Qualcomm

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Microsoft’s “Auto Super Resolution” DLSS competitor isn’t exclusive to Qualcomm

When you launch a game on a Snapdragon on a Windows laptop, you might get an AI frame rate boost from Microsoft’s mysterious Auto Super Resolution (Auto SR) feature. But while Microsoft hasn’t fully explained how the feature works, The Verge can now confirm it’s not Qualcomm technology, not exclusive to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X chips, and not exclusive to specific games, either.

You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise! Microsoft’s new Automatic Super Resolution help page bluntly states that a Snapdragon X chip is required — see screenshot — and that all of its processing “occurs on-device using the integrated GPU and Neural Processing Unit.”

But Qualcomm now tells us that Super Resolution is Microsoft’s own feature — it’s not Qualcomm Snapdragon Game Super Resolution by another name — and it’s not technically exclusive to Qualcomm chips, either.

“The ‘exclusive’ language is really about what is available today so that will no longer apply if another technology becomes available that can meet Microsoft’s performance threshold,” Qualcomm spokesperson Macey Davis tells me. “Since Automatic Super Resolution (Auto SR) integrates with Windows on a Copilot+ PC, Qualcomm is the only one that can exclusively run it today.”

That said, it’s not clear which rival chips might be able to take advantage. AMD and Intel, each of which are expected to have their own Copilot Plus PCs this fall with similarly speedy NPUs inside, weren’t able to tell me anything about Auto Super Resolution. Both deferred to Microsoft — and Microsoft’s page currently suggests Auto SR is just for games running as a native Arm app or via Arm emulation. Intel and AMD produce x86 chips that play x86 titles, not Arm ones.

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Microsoft has yet to answer my questions, but here are a couple other burning questions I’ve asked the company about:

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How to finally resolve the red screen of death on Windows 10

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How to finally resolve the red screen of death on Windows 10

The Red Screen of Death, or RSOD, is a critical error that can severely impact your Windows operating system, similar to the age-old Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and Black Screen errors. We’ll discuss why the Red Screen error occurs and provide you with some quick fixes to resolve it. Let’s jump right into it.

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Causes of the Red Screen of Death error

The Red Screen of Death error can cause your computer to lag and cause constant shutdowns. This error can occur without any warning, potentially causing damage to your Windows 10 operating system. Here are five factors that can contribute to the frequent occurrence of the RSOD error.

1) Broken or outdated drivers: Drivers that are not up-to-date or damaged can trigger the RSOD error.

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2) Defective graphics driver: Issues with your graphics drivers can lead to the appearance of the Red Screen error.

3) BIOS problems: Malfunctions or incompatibilities with your system’s BIOS can cause the RSOD error to occur.

4) Incorrect software configurations: Improperly configured software can cause the occurrence of the Red Screen error.

5) Hardware malfunctioning: Faulty hardware components can also be responsible for triggering the RSOD error.

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5 tips for resolving the Red Screen of Death error

Luckily, there are some simple ways to fix the Red Screen of Death error, so if you have this problem, there’s no need to panic. However, it’s always a good idea to regularly back up your computer to prevent data loss in case of issues like the Red Screen of Death. Check out our guide on how to back up your computer for step-by-step instructions.

To ensure you have a reliable backup solution, consider investing in an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Having a backup can save you a lot of hassle and heartache if you ever encounter a critical error like the Red Screen of Death. Now, here are five tips to fix the Red Screen of Death error on Windows 10. 

Tip #1 – Restart your computer

The first thing you should do to resolve the Red Screen error is to restart your computer. This is always the best starting place because a simple restart can efficiently resolve several operating system issues with Windows 10. You may need to perform a hard restart on your computer. To do this:

  • Press and hold down your computer or laptop power button
  • Wait for the computer to power down fully
  • Wait a few minutes before turning back on

Tip #2 – Delete recently installed programs in safe mode

Sometimes, you may experience the Red Screen of Death error after installing a new application. If this is the case, there’s no need to panic. All you need to do is uninstall the application you recently installed. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to uninstall programs in safe mode.

  • Press the Windows Key + R key
  • Type msconfig and select OK
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Steps to delete recently installed programs in safe mode (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

How to finally resolve the red screen of death on Windows 10

Steps to delete recently installed programs in safe mode (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

  • Under boot options, select Safe

Now that you’ve booted in safe mode, here’s what you should do next.

  • Go to the control panel
  • Click Uninstall a Program under “Programs”
  • Double-click the recently installed program and select the Uninstall option.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions until the uninstall process is complete.
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Steps to delete recently installed programs in safe mode (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

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Tip #3 – Run SFC command

Corrupted Windows 10 system files are the most common cause of a Red Screen, Black Screen or Blue Screen error on Windows 10. Luckily, repairing corrupted system files with Windows 10 SFC commands is not too difficult. Here’s what you need to do.

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  • To open the run box, press the Windows key and R key on your keyboard.
  • Write CMD in the Run Box, then hit the Shift+CTRL+Enter keys simultaneously to open the Command prompt.
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Steps to run SFC command (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

  • Input SFC/Scannow and hit enter. Wait for a moment until the verification is completed.
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Steps to run SFC command (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

  • After the scan, you can restart your computer and see if the Red Screen error persists.

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Tip #4 – Update your graphics driver

The Red Screen of Death error often occurs due to problems with the graphics drivers. Fortunately, with the current version of Windows 10, updating your graphics drivers is much simpler than it used to be.

First things first, you will need to know which type of graphics card you have: AMD or Nvidia or potentially Intel (this is unlikely unless you have one of the few computers utilizing Intel Arc graphics).

Here’s how to check which graphics card your computer has.

  • Head to the Device Manager
  • Click Display Adapter
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Steps to update your graphics driver (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

Once you know which graphics card you have, you can download the AMD Windows 10 auto-detect program or NVIDIA’s version of this same tool. If you are someone with Intel Arc graphics, there’s no need to panic. Intel has the same tool available for you. These auto-update tools allow you to keep track of driver updates. They can all scan your computer and install the drivers based on what’s installed on your computer, meaning you don’t have to go through and manually install the drivers from their software page.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

While Windows error codes can be an annoying problem to deal with, they are not too difficult to resolve. We’ve collected here four easy tips to help you resolve the Red Screen of Death. In most cases, all you need to do to fix the Red Screen of Death is update your graphics drivers, which, luckily, AMD and Nvidia (and Intel) have made it easier than ever to do.

Given the challenges posed by the Red Screen of Death error, how do you believe Microsoft should enhance its support and update its systems to better assist users in preventing and resolving such critical issues? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact.

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T-Mobile signs a $4.4 billion deal to buy most of US Cellular

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T-Mobile signs a $4.4 billion deal to buy most of US Cellular

T-Mobile has agreed to purchase parts of regional wireless carrier US Cellular in a $4.4 billion deal that includes US Cellular’s wireless customers, stores, and approximately 30 percent of spectrum assets. US Cellular will retain ownership of its towers and “approximately 70 percent of its spectrum portfolio across several spectrum bands,” with T-Mobile entering a long-term arrangement to lease space on more than 2,000 towers.

According to T-Mobile, the deal will improve nationwide coverage for US Cellular wireless customers while providing better 5G connectivity in “underserved rural areas” where T-Mobile sometimes struggles compared to AT&T and Verizon.

In the announcement, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said:

With this deal T-Mobile can extend the superior Un-carrier value and experiences that we’re famous for to millions of UScellular customers and deliver them lower-priced, value-packed plans and better connectivity on our best-in-class nationwide 5G network. As customers from both companies will get more coverage and more capacity from our combined footprint, our competitors will be forced to keep up – and even more consumers will benefit.

T-Mobile says that US Cellular customers can choose to stay on their current plan or move to an unlimited T-Mobile plan “of their choosing with no switching costs.”

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