Why the world isn't ready for the travel app revolution

Translation apps don't translate into actual usefulness, and the artificial intelligence travel guides don't compute. Here's why.

By , Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless, mobile apps

The mobile revolution in general and the travel app revolution in particular are still fantastic.

But the point I'm trying to make is that incredible advances that erase language barriers and use supercomputer-like artificial intelligence to optimize travel planning and discovery are only as good as the network connection you have available to you.

Yes, mobile broadband roaming exists. But you know what? Cellphones existed in the 1980s, too -- but only very wealthy people had them. The actual mobile revolution didn't happen until the price of cellphones came down.

Likewise, the mobile travel revolution isn't going to really happen until the price of mobile broadband roaming is affordable.

I love the new travel app technology. But I'd also love to see some of these genius engineers tackle the Mother of All travel problems -- how to get connected abroad reliably and affordably.

Until that problem is solved, the travel app revolution isn't going anywhere.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. You can contact Mike and learn more about him at Elgan.com, or subscribe to his free email newsletter, Mike's List. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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