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Dubai online bank Liv launches chatbot

Chatbot will be able to give customers account data

Dubai online bank Liv launches chatbot
The Liv chatbot will support customer service enquiries.

Liv., the online bank from Emirates NBD, has partnered with US-based Kasisto, to introduce Olivia, an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot.

With the launch of Olivia, Liv. customers can get account information and insights on their spending as naturally as texting a friend, the bank said in a statement.

It added that the chatbot can help customers get quick answers on a range of services and can also answer queries on how much customers have spent last month on groceries or in restaurants, helping them plan and manage their finances better.

Olivia can also seamlessly hand over the conversation to the Liv. team if customers prefer to chat with a customer service agent.

Chatbots are AI-enabled computer programs designed to simulate human communication, allowing them to answer customer queries in real time.

"Virtual assistants are playing an increasingly important part in our daily lives and our new chatbot Olivia will offer millennial customers a new way to engage with and receive information and instant insights on their spending and finances," said Jayash Patel, head of Liv.

"Our partnership with Kasisto helped us leverage KAI's agile platform with built-in banking expertise and complemented by customer feedback, to humanise and train Olivia in line with our goal of serving as a financial buddy to customers."

He added: "We plan to continue to invest in evolving Olivia's functionalities to become more engaging and intuitive. As Olivia learns and grows, customers will develop a stronger affinity and a relationship of trust with her and therefore want to contribute to her development while also getting instant answers from her on relevant queries."

With chatbots becoming more widespread in customer service, Gartner predicts that in the near future they will handle no less than 85 percent of all customer interactions.

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