It occurred to me this morning that AI will probably kill off any requirement for a self-appointed Isle of Wight Guru.
Why ask a human being for advice on cheap ferry travel or the best beach for eating chips on a bench or watching the sunset when an AI bot can do it for you?
To test this out, I decided to put three questions about the Isle of Wight to the Chat GPT AI website.
1. What is the best thing about the Isle of Wight?
First up a general question, which we cover in our guide to 'Why you should visit the Isle of Wight'.
Chat GPT said:
As an AI language model, I don't have personal preferences or experiences, but based on general knowledge and information available, the Isle of Wight is known for its natural beauty, stunning landscapes, and scenic coastline. Here are some of the best things about the Isle of Wight:
This is a good effort by Chat GPT. It sounds like a human being, but it's a bit glossy and tourist-brochurey for my liking.
It reminds me of Alan Titchmarsh's narration in the recent Channel 5 series called Isle of Wight: Jewel of the South. Everything is equally lovely and the sun shines constantly.
The Isle of Wight Guru would attempt to steer you in the right direction depending on what will appeal to you or when you are visiting (see 'which Isle of Wight town should I stay in' or 'what time of year should I visit the Isle of Wight'). For example, I would tell you that Shanklin is great for minigolf and chips, but it's terrible for avoiding people in August.
I'm giving Chat GPT 7/10 for this answer.
2. How can I save money on the Isle of Wight ferry?
Next up, I challenged the AI bot on the hot topic of ferry prices.
Chat GPT said:
There are several ways to save money on the Isle of Wight ferry:
This is another good effort from Chat GPT. These are all good tips - using discount codes, joining loyalty schemes, comparing prices and so on. Most of these are covered in our discount ferries guide and our beginners' guide to the Isle of Wight ferry.
It sounds like a human being, but it's lacking in useful detail.
For example, the Isle of Wight Guru would point you to the likes of Away Resorts for holiday parks + ferry bundles, Warner Leisure or Alfa Travel for hotels + ferry bundles or Red Funnel's bundle deal for camping, touring and motorhomes.
I would also point out the differences between the frequent travel schemes offered by Wightlink and Red Funnel. Wightlink's Multilink deal offers a competitive fixed price, but your credit only lasts for a year and it is only for those with an Isle of Wight residence. Red Funnel's Travelcard doesn't expire but it offers up to 20% off rather than a fixed price. It's open to everyone, but you have to top up £1000 to start things off.
I'm giving Chat GPT 6/10 for this answer.
3. What's the best Isle of Wight Beach for avoiding people?
Chat GPT said:
The Isle of Wight has many beaches that are less crowded and peaceful, especially if you are willing to explore the island's less popular areas. Here are a few of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight for avoiding crowds:
Personally, I would consider this a fail.
In my opinion:
There are lots of better suggestions of beaches on the Isle of Wight where you can avoid people. In fact, we've written a blog about remote beaches. In the West Wight, I would go for Chilton Chine, Atherfield or Shepherd's Chine. In the South Wight, try Binnel Bay, Watershoot Bay or Blackgang Beach. In the North Wight, try Gurnard's hidden beach (behind the sailing club, we call it Robert's Beach). In the East Wight, your best bet is probably Player's Beach near Binstead.
See our Isle of Wight beaches map for locations.
My score for Chat GPT for this answer is 2/10. I feel reassured that the Isle of Wight Guru's waffle isn't going to be replaced by robotic waffle just yet.
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