The United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Monday unveiled the first Artificial Intelligence Chatbot in Africa.
The Group Head, Online, Mr Austin Abolusoro, made this known during the 2019 Social Media Week (SMW), Lagos.
Abolusoro said that the Chatbot named Leo was developed in partnership with some global giants, like the Facebook.
“Leveraging on technology has many possibilities which are unlimited and UBA has explored it and brought out the AI Chatbot based on our roadmap to enable financial inclusion.
“Leo is a financial assistant developed with best on class AI technology that has natural language, multi-lingual processing, machine-learning and available on two most popular social media channels.
“Leo is built in-house right here in the UBA house,” he said.
He listed some of the statistics on Leo as: operating within an average time of five minutes; useful to people within the ages of 18 to 24; had one million subscribers within one year of its existence; and had 70 million conversation on the platform.
Abolusoro said that as regards answers to attending to customers’ needs, Leo when not being able to give the required information, would automatically hand the customer over to a human being.
He said that a major difference between the bank’s bot and its competitors was the stability of the platform because of its partnership with global giants.
Abolusoro said that as regards security, the bot having an artificial intelligence was one and also its being a digital platform, also makes use of the security of the mobile banking platform.
“One can do a lot of lifestyle-related activities on Leo, from weather-checking to football fans knowing updates of their Premier League clubs.
“That is one of the reasons why people stay a lot on social media because of the fun of it. You are chatting and somebody is responding to you.
“It is the same way with Leo, you will just feel you are chatting with a human being. The point is, Leo responds instantly at any moment, ‘’ he said.
Abolusoro said that the bot responds to complaints from customers as regards transactions and after checking on details provided, would give it a log identification and tell you within number of days the issue would be resolved.
Abolusoro explained that Leo would also serve as a savings option where it would help a customer to move money from one account to another with ease
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