Wakie is an app which substitutes a call from a stranger for your usual alarm clock.
We appreciate that’s an unusual idea, but it hasn’t stopped the app from becoming pretty popular.
Now its expanding that concept to enable users to talk to a stranger via phone call on any subject.
The Russian startup, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, is in the process of building technology based on user profiles and the subjects those users have answered calls about.
‘We use machine learning to learn the life experience of each user and to provide better matching for any kind of question,’ Wakie CEO Hrachik Adjamian told TechCrunch.
‘We believe that artificial intelligence is too far from being a replacement for human company so we are building AI made to solve the problem of how to find real human intelligence.’
Mr Adjamian and his brother and company co-founder, Tatul, are aiming to allow users to connect with others over subjects such as what it’s like to be a new father or their love life in just a few seconds.
Users have been asking for the introduction of such a feature for some time, Mr Adjamian said, but it wasn’t until Wakie investor Bruce Chou also suggested the idea that the startup began testing.
“It worked just great, even though it’s performance was far from perfect,’ he said.