Niki: Now book a cab, pay bills, recharge and much more with this chat-based bot

BENGALURU: While Aladdin’s genie was good for three wishes, an Indian bot going by the name Niki promises to do much better than the character in the Arabian Nights tale.The creators of Niki say the personal assistant application powered by artificial intelligence can book your cab or bus, recharge your mobile service, pay your utility bills and more. Instead of rubbing on a lamp, you use a chat application to interact with Niki.Niki, developed by a group of four engineering graduates, now has 1,700 users, whose use of this one app eliminates the need for several other ecommerce apps to be downloaded on the phone.The quest to rid the need for multiple applications to be downloaded on a phone is the Holy Grail of developers, presenting a multi-billion dollar opportunity.…


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