The Practical Side Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

I know there has been a lot of AI news recently that ranges from “the greatest thing since sliced bread” to “the end of civilization”. Who knows where it will eventually lead? I certainly don’t. What I do know is that it has been very helpful to me and I want to show that we can use it safely. In this article, I am continuing to show the helpful uses of AI. Near the bottom of this article, I will also show how you can give Google AI a try.

Today I had a Google concern. More specifically, yesterday I created an event in Google Calendar that had a notification for today. However, soon after creating the event, I decided to delete it. Even though it was deleted last night, I received the notification this morning. Why was I receiving a notification for an event that had been deleted the night before? It made no sense.

Since this was a Google problem, I decided to give Google Bard (Google AI) a try.
I asked Google Bard:
After deleting an event on my Google Calendar, why do I still get the notification?

Google Bard responded in seconds:
There are a few reasons why you might still get notifications for deleted events on your Google Calendar.
1. The event is still in your trash. When you delete an event from Google Calendar, it doesn’t actually get deleted right away. It goes to your trash, where it stays for 30 days before it’s permanently deleted. If you still have the event in your trash, you’ll still get notifications for it.

2. You have a third-party app that’s syncing with your Google Calendar. Some third-party apps, such as Zoom, can sync with your Google Calendar. If you have one of these apps installed, it’s possible that it’s still sending notifications for events that you’ve deleted from Google Calendar.

3. You have a notification reminder set for the event. If you have a notification reminder set for an event, you’ll still get a notification even if you delete the event. To turn off a notification reminder, open the event and click the “Notifications” tab. Then, uncheck the box next to “Send me a notification.”

If you’re still getting notifications for deleted events, try the following steps to fix the problem:
1. Check your trash to make sure the event is not still there.
2. Check your third-party apps to make sure they’re not syncing with your Google Calendar.
3. Turn off any notification reminders that you have set for the event.

If you’ve tried all of these steps and you’re still getting notifications for deleted events, you can contact Google Calendar support for help.”

It answered my question beautifully (the event was still in the trash). My only disappointment was that it didn’t explain HOW I’m supposed to “contact Google Calendar support for help”. Naturally, for kicks and to know for the future, my next step was to ask Google Bard:
How do I contact Google Calendar support for help?

Again, Google Bard responded in seconds:
There are a few ways to contact Google Calendar support for help.

1. Visit the Google Calendar help center. The Google Calendar help center is a great place to start if you’re having trouble with Google Calendar. You can find articles, videos, and other resources that can help you troubleshoot your issue.

2. Contact Google Calendar support by phone. If you need more help, you can contact Google Calendar support by phone. The phone number for Google Calendar support is 650-253-0000.

3. Submit a support ticket. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the help center or you need more help, you can submit a support ticket. To submit a support ticket, visit the Google Calendar support website and click on the “Contact us” link.

Here are some tips for contacting Google Calendar support:
1. Be as specific as possible when describing your issue. The more information you can provide, the better Google Calendar support will be able to help you.

2. Include screenshots or other relevant information. If you can, include screenshots or other relevant information that can help Google Calendar support understand your issue.

3. Be patient. Google Calendar support may take some time to respond to your request.

How You Can Try Google Bard

For those that would like to try Google Bard:
1. Go to
2. If you are not already signed into a Google account, at the top right, select “Sign in”.
3. Sign in to your personal Google Account.
4. Enter your question at the bottom where it says “Enter a prompt here” and press your “Enter” key.

Overall, I’m a very happy user of Google Bard. Luckily, I didn’t destroy civilization. Have you tried AI yet? If so, please describe how you used it in the comments below. If not, why not?

4 thoughts on “The Practical Side Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)”

  1. Charles Hadden

    I think we need to clarify things a bit. Everyone is pushing their own version of AI. and what are they pushing? Just another version of some dumb SOFTWARE and NOTING more. AI is a marketing scam of the worst kind. Words are used these days and usually mean NOTHING.

    1. Hi Charles,
      Thanks for commenting.

      You may be right about AI not being “smarter than a 5th grader”. However, I’ve been using AI a lot since last November when ChatGPT3 became publically available, and have noticed it is improving significantly. For me, it’s a tool like many other tools we use. When was the last time you did a long division by hand? Most people pull out a calculator and do whatever division they need to do. FunctionalIy I see little difference. AI is just a tool that has the possibility of helping us, or maybe it will flop. I’m open to trying it, and so far it has saved me many hours in software development. I like to think we can have open minds to try new things that potentially could be helpful. AI is in its infancy, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

  2. Luckily I live in one of the few countries that cannot use BARD, Canada.
    I agree partially with Charles Hadden. This AI is just an over hyped tool. It can be used for good or bad. This just technology moving ahead.

    1. Hi Tom,
      I agree that AI is an overhyped tool. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be helpful. It does mean that for now anyone that uses it should be careful with how it is used. For example, I wouldn’t necessarily believe or follow any life-or-death decisions from AI. Also, at this time the AI that I have used does not tell you where it is getting its information as a “regular” search engine shows by listing the websites pertaining to the search. For example, for a medical question in AI, I would want to know if the information came from a reputable source (i.e. the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, etc.) versus a source that I’ve never heard of.
      Thanks for replying,

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