THE PEAK MAGAZINE - Dec 18 - In a partnership with Singapore Management University and AI Singapore, Lunch Actually is developing an AI chatbot called Viola. The aim is for it to possess the ability to send reminders of important occasions such as birthdays, suggest restaurant and activities, in the future, even dispense relationship advice. The chatbot will be fed with ~ 1.1B data points from Lunch Actually's database of feedback that it has collected over the years. The system will continue learning based on user interactions. Lunch Actually is one of the largest matchmaking companies in Southeast Asia, with ~1.4M users in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia. When the company was launched in 2004, it was very much a brick-and-mortar business, with applicants meeting a consultant before an arranged date. Later the dating app Lunchclick was born.