Manic Monday – Guess or Google?

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Recently, while attending a workshop in Vancouver, a spontaneous lunch conversation broke out around the eroding capacity for people to know how to “guess”.  The discussion centred around why it should even matter, when just about anything you could ever want to know can be answered by Google, Wikipedia, and Alexa. These, and other, AI products are slowly replacing our need and desire to consider a question and try to determine the answer on our own.

On the surface, it seemed a rather innocuous subject, however, over the balance of that day, and those days that have followed, it is a question that has continued to haunt me. Just how much are we loosing as human beings when we allow the many technology-based sources around us replace our own ability to think. How much intelligence over centuries have we given up to modern devices and is there a resulting long-term and damaging effect? Consider the fact that we already may be less intelligent than those that have come before.  Our indigenous peoples listened and learned from the land, the seasons, the animals and nature; our own forefathers were able to use the stars for navigation and our grandparents could do math equations in their heads. Today, we would rather ask Siri what the weather is doing than to look outside and trust our own senses.

Perhaps it is time to stretch our minds and re-ignite the ideals of wonder, reflection, and contemplation. Before you head for your iPhone or allow those around you to do the same, take the time to think about the answer, to guess the answer, and to challenge others to try as well.  It is still true that while many answers can readily be sourced through our numerous devices there are questions large and small that even the most advanced machines can’t answer.

Try a Guess before you Google……..


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

On behalf of our numerous tourism stakeholders our sincere appreciation to all of the many individuals that have been working tirelessly on the wildfires throughout the province. From the ground crews to the pilots and the management teams coordinating all of the efforts as well as the numerous volunteers thank you for all of your efforts. Please watch for updates posted regularly to our news centre; Congratulations to the new recently appointed Minister of Tourism Mélanie Joly (read more); go2HR together with TOTA invites you to take part in a brief survey on the various HR initiatives that took place last year; to participate you will find the survey link at (read more).

VOTING CONTINUES for the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS; You can still cast your vote for TOTA in the upcoming World Travel Awards under the category of Responsible Tourism. YOU get to be the judge and help put our region in the forefront of international markets.  To register and vote for the Thompson Okanagan read more. 

Read all of this week’s News Centre stories at

Keep following and contributing to TOTA’s Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region.  Be sure to use #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories.

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