This edition, we explore the future of travel when the old formula no longer maps.
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November 30, 2020

It’s summer here in Boston and we can’t help but turn our attention to all things travel. With more variables entering the traditional car, train, plane, hotel equation, the travel industry is optimizing to keep pace. What does the future hold when the old formula no longer maps? In this edition, we explore everything from air travel in the age of machine learning to space adventurism.

 
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How machine learning can revolutionize air travel

While travelers are sprinting to tight connecting flights, airports are scrambling to make predictions. Visiting Associate Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne, alongside Heathrow Airport and researchers at University College London, recently built and demoed a machine learning model that removes the guesswork.
 
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Space tourism adventurism

There’s a dream of space vacations, a fascination with seeing Earth from the outside. Professor Matt Weinzierl considers what this type of adventure travel will look like (in reality) and the implications for broader space development.
 
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The Airbnb lesson for startups? Success takes more than technology

As much as we hate to say it, great technology isn’t a silver bullet. A strong business case still matters in the digital era. Professor Thales Teixeira reflects on Airbnb's origin story — an interesting collision of technology, the economic climate, and a slow-to-change industry.
 

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