VentureBeat event: A.I. innovation finding a home on mobile devices


Innovative mobile apps married to increasingly powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) are rapidly getting smarter — making them even more helpful for users.

These kinds of apps, showcased at VentureBeat’s recent two-day MobileBeat conference, are designed to anticipate user needs. Who knew, for example, that you can use your smartphone to simplify the process of getting a green card to enter the United States or to streamline corporate travel?

During a “Startup Showcase” session, Visabot showcased its appropriately-named Green Card app. The program is based on a bot that walks users through a series of simple questions that, when answered, generates a package of documents you can file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to complete the application process.

“When I came to this country, I needed a visa urgently, but it took a month,” said Visibot’s co-founder and chief operating officer, Andrey Ziniviev. “We built this bot to help folks like us come here quickly and legally and not have to pay lawyers thousands of dollars.” Green Card costs $149 and Ziniviev said it’s already been used by 70,000 people to help get their paperwork in order.

“It takes on average 15 to 20 minutes to get all the way through,” he said. “We want to help talent move to this country from overseas.”

Travel agent in your pocket

Another company, Mezi made the classic startup pivot after it launched two years ago as a shopping assistant app then switched to travel. Mezi added to its consumer travel assistant app by launching a corporate “Travel-as-a-service” application at MobileBeat. Mezi for Business is designed for travel management companies, corporate and travel agents and now has customers including American Express and several travel agencies. The service includes a travel dashboard for agents to check the status of and manage customer requests.

“We are empowering businesses with travel bots that automate 60% (of the booking process) out of the box,” said Mezi CEO Swapnil Shinde.

Read the source article at Computerworld.