Luka, with $four.forty two million in Collection A, releases AI-powered chat bots
Simply in time for the chat bot craze, Disrupt London alum Luka is enhancing its AI-powered messaging service with quite a lot of sensible bots to assist customers get no matter they want.
Luka initially launched as a Yelp competitor, all carried out over textual content. Customers might ask Luka, by way of chat, about the place they need to go to eat, whether or not reservations have been out there, and beneficial dishes.
The corporate has lengthy had plans to increase past meals, and the uptick in chat bots has offered an ideal path by which to execute the enlargement plan.
With at the moment’s launch, Luka will stay as the primary operator of the service, connecting customers with numerous bots relying on their wishes.
Customers can nonetheless ask restaurant-based mostly questions, however Luka may even join customers with a bot for climate studies, information studies, bots that will help you discover pictures and gifs, bots that play journey video games, and trivia recreation bots.
What’s extra fascinating is that customers don’t need to ask particularly for the bot they need, however merely clarify their wants and wishes to Luka, who will perceive and make the fitting connection.
For instance, the consumer might say “I’m bored” and Luka would cross the dialog off to a recreation-based mostly bot so the consumer can play a recreation.
Cofounder and CEO Eugenia Kuyda stated the corporate will ultimately open up the platform to 3rd-social gathering builders, however for now the group needs to make sure that all of the bots are of the very best high quality.
“The problem is that folks don’t actually use bots but,” stated Kuyda. “We’re making an attempt to make that have as pure and useful as attainable so that folks begin utilizing bots extra.”
The Luka app can also be integrating a bot interface, full with widgets and shortcuts, in order that the method of asking for what you need doesn’t get too tiresome. For instance, if you recognize you need to play a selected recreation or get the climate report, Luka will let you choose that bot with a single faucet as an alternative of asking Luka to attach you.
The corporate can also be saying the shut of a $four.forty two million Collection A led by Sherpa Capital, with participation from Y Combinator, Ludlow Ventures, and Justin Waldron.
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