Ask any technology expert about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in travel and they’ll breathlessly tell you we’re on the verge of a revolution. “For travelers, chatbots and AI can’t quite take you there”
The Terminator wants to be your next travel agent. “New artificial intelligence promises to make travel a little smarter. Does it?”
It’s been a busy 48 hours since the launch of Hipmunk, the new airline booking site with an impossibly cute name and a slick, critically-acclaimed interface.
Early reviews in Lifehacker and Gadling have praised the new project for its minimalist, intuitive fare display, and the early buzz online — browse the comments on Hipmunk’s Twitter account — is overwhelmingly positive.
I asked Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk’s co-founder, to fill in a few details.
“As someone who spends your time dealing with the annoyances of modern travel, I’m sure you’ve had the infuriating experience of spending hours searching for the right flight on existing travel sites,” he says. “I had that experience my whole time as an undergrad at MIT, which is why when I graduated in June I decided to start a new site for making the experience better.”
“It’s hip, it flies, and now it speaks: Hipmunk’s Goldstein on how to make buying a plane ticket cool again”