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  • Writer's pictureLeo Saint Thomas

A Travel Tale: When AI Let Me Down

Yesterday, I embarked on a journey to attend a highly anticipated seminar. The plan was simple: travel for six hours, arrive at my pre-booked apartment, settle in, and prepare for the week ahead. I found a fantastic apartment through a reputable website. It looked perfect—stylish, comfortable, and conveniently close to my work for the week. What could go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a bit.

After a long and exhausting trip, I arrived at the apartment, eager to unwind. However, my excitement quickly turned into frustration. The key was nowhere to be found. Frantic calls to the provided contact number led me to an endless loop of automated responses. No human assistance, just an indifferent AI. As the hours ticked by, my patience wore thin.

By 10 PM, with no resolution in sight, I had no choice but to find alternative accommodation. Panic set in as I scoured the area for a hotel. Just when it seemed like I might be spending the night on the streets, luck struck. I managed to snag a room at a nearby hotel, thanks to a system glitch that allowed me to book a room seconds before their reservation system shut down for the night.

Despite the rocky start, the evening turned out to be quite enjoyable. I ate a tasty pizza, met some lovely people at the hotel. Yet, this experience served as a stark wake-up call. Technology is undeniably convenient, but relying entirely on automated systems can backfire spectacularly.

From now on, I'll ensure a balance between tech and human touch in my travel plans. No more betting everything on robots. After all, some situations still require a personal touch to navigate smoothly.

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