Say No to Crowding Queues

Say No to Crowding Queues

Are you waiting? In the 21st century?  In an era where we can instantly buy transcontinental travel and a swipe of your hand will set things right for you, queueing up does not exactly scream “the future”.

Looking back, restaurant reservations were made over the phone, and the staff would handwrite your name and contact information to reserve the table. This is still happening in many places in the digital world we exist in today, resulting in a loss of time for staff members that could have been spent doing something more important. Nowadays, an increasing number of consumers want to manage everything themselves, without any intervention, and all of it online, and this change in lifestyle, not only warrants systemic change but also on an industrial scale!! There are several advantages to using an online booking system, including the fact that it not only saves you time but also streamlines the entire process and makes it more effective for all users.

We polled thousands of our customers, and a whopping 92 percent or more of them expressed their dissatisfaction with waiting in line for tables in restaurants. It becomes more difficult, especially if you are in a large group. According to a survey, 64% of customers believe that an online booking system is one of the most crucial restaurant services. Restaurants that use the waitlist management features of reservation systems benefit from a predictable outcome of the day.   What should you do nowadays if you want to take a group out for a reasonably priced meal at an interesting new restaurant? With no reservations. Are you looking for an alternative? The Amealio app may be able to assist you in making sure that everything runs smoothly. Customers on Amealio can join a waitlist directly from the app. It’s widely assumed that no hungry diner would consider standing in line if he could avoid it, so Amealio can make your ordering experience pleasant and relaxing, away from the hot glare of a dozen ravenous diners saying, “Look at their food,” while waiting in line, and saving you from being the one glared at.

The benefits of AI in the restaurant industry extend beyond simply improving the guest experience. Real-time problem-solving technology that will assist and respond to your inquiries. Personal AI assistants are responsible for the initial connection between consumers and restaurants; AI has transformed every aspect of the industry. And, while customers are kept engaged at every stage of their request with the restaurant, even if they choose to reschedule their previously scheduled reservation due to personal delays, they still receive significant value from that personal decision. By managing their operations, AI has infiltrated all aspects of modern restaurants. Restaurants that use the AI algorithm not only reduce customer wait times but also make them happier and fulfilled!

Reformation is important in all aspects of life, particularly in business.

Online reservation systems allow clients total flexibility to make a reservation without any physical contact, while also providing restaurants with the option for effective table management.  

Due to COVID19, the safety of our consumers has become a concern for all, therefore there will be no more waiting in line, since online bookings reduce the waiting time. Amealio is the friend we all need, since it will save you time by allowing you to make a reservation at your favourite restaurant, and once you’re at your table, it will provide a live video of your food being cooked. Our primary goal is to have a pleased customer. 

 

See how the Pandemic has uplifted Voice Assistant Technologies

Voice Assistant Technology had a market of its own even before the pandemic hit. Covid-19 and the fear that comes with it have just acted as a catalyst in the adaptation process and radically reshaped consumers’ choices. If we go back to 2019, we see that home and voice-connected devices were moving towards becoming consumers’ commerce command focus. The trend revolves around millennials who own six devices run on voice assistants except for their phones, and over 31% seem to have made purchases using these devices.

With these numbers, we can deduce that the world was already moving towards a more Voice technology and AI-led market before ‘Global Pandemic’ shook our lives. Since the pandemic hit, consumers’ lives have been radically digitalized across all forums, including entertainment, shopping, work, health consultation, and F&B. it is highly likely that most businesses will stick to a more Voice tech-driven service even after things go back to normal. It has also increased the ease of doing business and eradicated the need to micromanage at many fronts.

When we look at the intersection between consumers who had already started interacting with voice assistants before the pandemic struck and those who plan to stick with a fundamentally digital lifestyle post the pandemic, we start seeing the significant opportunities for a voice technology-led commerce ecosystem. It’s an enhancement that is already visible across global consumer data and in the evolving upturns and cases of extended use for voice-enabled commerce technology.

Frequent Chatting with AI

Consumers staying back at home with considerably reduced avenues for conversations with their peers or friends have begun talking to their smart speakers often than usual.

“The number of people who are using voice commands at least once a day rose from 46 percent to 52 percent during the pandemic’s early weeks. ~ According to a report by NPR and Edison Research.”

“A majority of people who were surveyed, approximately 77 percent have said their emblematic routine had changed because of the Pandemic, and almost half of them said that they have been working from home. The report also suggests that the smart speaker ownership has ascended to 4 percent during the era of physical distancing, and that smart speakers with screens embedded (like Alexa Show and Google Nest Hub) have promptly gained popularity.” This is According to The NPR/Edison Smart Audio Report where 1,660 adults were interviewed between March 31 and April 1.

Is Voice AI our new Retail clerk?

According to Jan Kniffen, ‘Voice AI has offered retailers a distinctive solution to the problems pertaining to COVID-19-era. Customers are too worried about having to stand close to each other or interact with staff in physical stores. Voice assistants have presented a path that offers unique physical retail experiences that seem to have been personalized according to the shoppers’ without violating any physical distancing guidelines or encroaching on the consumers’ comfort.’

Amealio’s correctly oriented AI can help consumers find out where they can order food from or where they can dine. It also comes with inbuilt payment options and has made exploring restaurants from the ease of your computer or mobile screens and using voice tech instead of having to search everything manually easier.

Kniffen predicted that “We’re going to see more of what’s happening now, just done better.”

And of late, there is evidence supporting the “done better” mentality and spreading across the voice ecosystem. This is majorly due to various platforms expanding their capabilities. Amazon, for example, has updated Alexa and tried to make its speech sound natural while reading the news. That more realistic voice can help consumers’ get a more personalized feel and help to boost their comfort levels; talking with Alexa has become a frequent occurrence.

Amalgamated with the great digitization tsunami, Amealio is currently trying to break out across the F&B ecosystem. The question is, ‘Will voice-assisted transactions become the preferred method for truly contactless commerce?’ Maybe a familiar voice or touchless payment system is all consumers need to feel comfortable while shopping at stores again.

Innovating for the Last Mile during COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic and the long-lasting lockdown has marked a perpetual impact on the Food and Beverage Industry and Hospitality― remarkably the Indian industry; considering the country has been reduced to ashes due to the surge in fatal cases from the past few months. The Hospitality Industry was barely limping back to normal as the situation finally seemed to be getting better. However, as several states have reimposed strict Covid-19 curbs amid the second wave of the virus outbreak, the sector has been running on a massive loss, and there has been a tremendous impact on the sales and survivability of the industry. According to the National Restaurant Association of India, nearly 40% of restaurants have shut down.

The F&B industry needs disruption beyond last-mile logistics. The food supply chains faced tremendous problems due to the lockdown, having to cope with dysfunctional logistics, supply chain delays, shortage of warehouses, labour, etc. If anything, last-mile should be the last concern to these businesses. The adamant re-occurrence in lockdowns have taught the industries an important lesson― it’s time to analyse the learnings from the worst of the phases, one of them being redesigning their supply chains keeping future resilience in mind.

For the transition to take place, the following points must be kept in mind―

Food delivering companies should be looked up to when it comes to evolving consumer preferences. At this hour of the pandemic, the customers need constant reassurance on the safety of the food. It can be said that they’ve been successful in gaining their customer’s trust. From ensuring safe, quick, and contactless deliveries to showing the temperature of the delivery staff and providing specially sanitized delivery alternatives― a good F&B chain works on gaining their customer’s trust as their utmost priority.

With social distancing with the new norm, food delivering companies should work on amplifying contactless ‘tap-and-go’ payment options. Work on OTP-based transactions and payment on touching cards.
When you book a large double-cheese pizza at McDonald’s and are anticipating the mouth-watering slice to enter your mouth, your friend for the time is real-time order tracker. Accurate route planning is a cost-effective tactic companies must implement. It delights customers as they count down on the minutes left for their pizza to reach their doorstep. Investing in intelligent route optimization software is a great investment, to begin with.


Finally, here comes the last trouble an F&B chain has to counter to ensure their delivery reaches their customers on time. Last-mile delivery has always been a problem, but it has amplified now due to the pandemic and month-long lockdowns. It’s always a challenge for F&B companies to deliver on the expected days, reducing the operating costs while managing to make considerable amount of profits to feed off their employees. Recently, F&B companies have been dodging the middlemen and directly reaching out to their delivery executives. In order to meet the expectations and demands of the customers, the companies must employ delivery optimization software to use.
As much as most of the confidential data must lie on the upper hand, it’s important that companies trust the staff below the management levels. A ‘crisis team’ must be formed, and they should be given some freedom to form their own decisions in instances of making last-moment decisions since these employees often are more familiar with ground-level decision activities of the company.
Customer success is anticipating customer queries or questions and proactively providing them solutions. A great customer success brings various benefits to a business―

It has been found that customers purchase more from a company after a great customer service experience.
Gaining a customer’s trust plays an integral role. Noticeably, the amount a customer is willing to spend on a business grows alongside trust. Customer success helps establish loyal customers, and it has been found that old customers spend 67% more than new ones.
There is a chance as high as 83% that customers who had a great experience with buying from a business, would gladly agree to provide a referral to their friends and family when asked to. In order to find out which customers to ask for referrals, your question can be along the lines of “How likely are you to recommend us to a friend?”


Customer expectations and demands are creating critical challenges and giving path to models like hyperlocal delivery, dark stores, and direct to consumer. Food delivery is like a row of dominoes, of which last-mile is the last domino. Hence, it’s time to adopt a sustainable supply chain and built a road to smoother deliveries in the future

Covid-19’s impact on the Hospitality industry and recovery suggestions

10% of India’s GDP is through the tourism industry. During the Pandemic, when India took a hit in the tourism and the hospitality industry, there were speculations of losses rounding up to 620 crores. 95% of India’s hotel room availability is through Unbranded budget hotels, guest houses, and Bread & Breakfasts’. Shutting down these for a longer duration not only impacts the overall economy but also displaces jobs. The added issue here is that even when Hotels did open their doors for people, it wasn’t as easy as switching on the lights and getting back to business. Amealio as a brand focuses on expanding the horizons of the F&B and hospitality industry and assimilating it with the latest voice tech and AI. While the second wave is yet to plateau, and the hotel industry is taking a hit for another consecutive year, there are only a few suggestions that we can make.

Operations:

The number one priority post Covid-19 should be on the health and safety of consumers, translating into sanitation and hygiene issues about the hotel. The idea here is to be able to provide tangible evidence of the hotel’s concern for health-related queries of the customers. There needs to be screening and checks instituted at the entrances for health purposes. The security at the doorstep checks customers for fever with a remote thermometer, keep hand sanitizers at the entrance and the reception, shower a light sanitizer mist, elevator lobbies and guest rooms. The staff should be multi-skilled with adequate knowledge of safety measures to be taken during these times and trained before they start operations. It is going to take time before the F&B and hospitality industry can go back to the regular staff numbers. All the staff members, including managers and janitorial crew, are advised to continue wearing double masks and surgical gloves to enhance confidence among the guests. From a marketing perspective, it is crucial to keep in touch with your loyal guests, especially in the domestic market domain, through social media and digital marketing during and after the lockdown. The hotels can also contribute to the coronavirus cause by paying the staff partially or helping in ways feasible for them.

The number one priority post Covid-19 should be on the health and safety of consumers, translating into sanitation and hygiene issues about the hotel. The idea here is to be able to provide tangible evidence of the hotel’s concern for health-related queries of the customers. There needs to be screening and checks instituted at the entrances for health purposes. The security at the doorstep checks customers for fever with a remote thermometer, keep hand sanitizers at the entrance and the reception, shower a light sanitizer mist, elevator lobbies and guest rooms. The staff should be multi-skilled with adequate knowledge of safety measures to be taken during these times and trained before they start operations. It is going to take time before the F&B and hospitality industry can go back to the regular staff numbers. All the staff members, including managers and janitorial crew, are advised to continue wearing double masks and surgical gloves to enhance confidence among the guests. From a marketing perspective, it is crucial to keep in touch with your loyal guests, especially in the domestic market domain, through social media and digital marketing during and after the lockdown. The hotels can also contribute to the coronavirus cause by paying the staff partially or helping in ways feasible for them.

Technology:

The second most important consideration is moving more towards AI and voice technology. Covid-19 has increased the need for technological use to allow the slightest contact among humans. Codes given on the guests’ mobile phones to self-check-in and open assigned rooms decrease physical contact and increase safety. Guest mobile apps connecting to all switches and buttons in the room help avoid touch and make it more convenient for them. The digital control can enable guests to control the room temperature, remote for the television, maintain the shower temperature, switch on lights,  etc. Virtual menus on the restaurant’s TV displays, bars, and lobby helps avoid the risk of circulating physical menus around. Digital options for paying bills and food & beverage at stalls and giving out receipts like the ATMs further help strengthen the system. Mini-bar liquor options in the rooms that automatically bill the guest when bottles are withdrawn lead to even less physical contact. Dispensers in the floor Housekeeping store and self-service room amenities are a go-to option. These can be taken care of by the staff later on. Self-monitoring gadgets for oxygen levels, pulse rate, and fever can help control any casualty that might occur.

To sum it up, the F&B and Hospitality industry requires both caution and technology at their disposal to get back to where they were or scale up the businesses once this is over. Also, voice assistants and AI play a pivotal role in easing up business and making it more convenient for consumers.  

Time To Move from Risky Face-to-Face Interactions to Touchless Voice AI Technology

For most of us, “Hey, Siri, type a message” or “Alexa, play me a song” have come to be everyday phrases as smart speakers and voice assistants have gained popularity. Voice tech and artificial intelligence experts have predicted that consumers will want to issue similar commands in physical spaces if that helps in reducing the spread of the virus.

Darin Clark, director of business development for the audio tech company Sound Hound Inc., has said that “We’ve seen a significant upsurge in companies interested at trying to reduce contact.” Consumers can now use different development platforms to add voice user interfaces to technology. This technology can be used in cars to ovens. This helps companies create user experiences that allow the consumers to place orders, shop, or pay without touching screens or interacting with employees directly.

Voice technology can also be used to recommend brands to shoppers and consumers, give directions around stores,  execute checkouts, place orders, create shopping lists, and more, which potentially reduces the requirement for human interaction in stores as the pandemic has kept safety concerns on top of the minds of the consumers.

Businesses have recently been primarily interested in letting people use voice technology to search their brand catalogs to check for in-store products. Meanwhile, restaurants and hospitality need to rethink integrating voice technology into their in-store, store-front, and drive-through experiences, allowing consumers to place an order without touching any buttons.

Tinglong Dai, an associate professor of operations management and business analytics at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, said that “People are very familiar with voice tech in a consumer setting, but the application for businesses remains limited.” According to him, the most potential obstacle to upscale the usage of voice technology still stands to be the discomfort consumers might face while making the shift. Many consumers prefer human assistance over voice tech assistance in specific spaces, making it a task to increase Voice Tech and AI usage in our day-to-day lives.

People are often found to be most comfortable using voice tech in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants.  A lot of people have been seen getting cozy with conversational AI at restaurants and grocery stores.

The younger generations have adapted to intelligent speakers and conversational AI, but the older peers are yet to get comfortable with it, and soon it will be a natural companion for young and old. The Voice tech companies have been looking to delve deeper into more personalized voice assistants to give consumers a sense of belonging. The pandemic has exposed many of us to alienation, and the need for a customized assistant and personalized experience is at an all-time high. Amealio is bridging the gap between consumers and Voice AI  for F&B and Hospitality and transforming it into a hyper-personalized experience marketplace, making ordering in, making a request, seating, dining, and ordering to payment out more feasible and seamlessly accessible.

Now that F&B and Hospitality in the US and many other places are coming back up in a V-shaped recovery model, they are looking to move forward quickly amidst the pandemic and create tremendous value for their brands and newer customer engagement models. The bottom line remains that the move to voice AI and blend of technology is inevitable and the only way forward from here on.

5 Changing Trends in the F&B Industry!

Every nook and cranny of the F&B industry has seen a drastic change post the pandemic. When something this huge, strikes the world, it is only reasonable to assume that things need to be changed and with a bottom up approach. There are so many new ways to curb the effects of the pandemic over the F&B industry. The best way ahead is to leave trends that don’t work in the past. Forgetting our woes and looking forward to a cheerful future is what we all need right now. After a complete shutdown, the F&B industry is getting back on its feet again. Let’s take a look at the major changes of the decade that the industry and the consumers are gearing up for. These trends are expected to dominate the industry and begin the reign of the New Normal.

  1. Digital Menu:

    Restaurants have opened back but the footfall has fallen drastically. Who do we hold responsible? People are reluctant to dine out most of the times because of the obvious health and safety concerns. In such times, Digital Menus have become a great hit. Ensuring physical distancing within the restaurant is one of the most necessary yet difficult tasks. In such a situation, customers being able to access the menu on a screen helps decrease the physical contact. We’ve already moved towards an era of digital menus, digital payments, online feedbacks, etc. These measures have already infiltrated 50% of the market and can exponentially grow towards the end of the year. With Amealio, you can peruse through the menu from the safety of your car while you wait for your table confirmation, saving you both time and the risk of infection.

  2. Takeaway and Delivery Services:

    Almost all the restaurants are looking at expanding their services to takeout and delivery services. Most of them have tied up with food delivery services. These services have not only helped implement better physical distancing but also ensured more employment for people who have been displaced out of jobs. This is a great opportunity for restaurants to stay afloat amid strict physical distancing norms. Amealio not only allows you to order takeaway with easy but does so with voice technology. You can actually hold a conversation with your voice assistant as if you are talking to a waiter at the restaurant. Isn’t it a little fun as well? Hassle free and customized food experience is something we all crave, don’t we?

  3. Budding Home Chefs:

    The pandemic has led to an exponential increase in the demand for home cooked food subsequently affecting the demand for home-based cooks and bakeries. What’s best about this is these cooks have found an avenue to showcase their talent while making money on the side. This has also helped in ensuring the norms of physical distancing as the food is usually delivered to your doorstep. Who would have thought 5 years ago that you could enjoy food that gives you a taste of home and is delivered to you?

  4. Cloud Kitchens:

    Another highly sought-after advancement is that in cloud kitchens. Now, you might wonder what’s the concept of cloud kitchens? Here, let me explain; Cloud kitchen, also called Ghost Kitchen is a place where food is prepared and is delivered at doorsteps via online orders through calls and online ordering platforms. These restaurants do not usually have physical outlets for people to dine out at. At present, it is deduced that Cloud kitchens hold 13% of the market shares and are expected to grow up to 30% by the end of this year.

  5. Healthier Food Choices:

    Right in the middle of a pandemic that has caused us so many lives, it is only fair to assume that most of us have already started to move towards a healthier living and eating paradigm. The shift from comfort foods to more vegetarian or vegan options has opened doors for a whole new market. This has also opened another avenue for the industry in the form of staycation and workcation. People are booking local hotels to have some quality time with loved ones or simply enjoy room service while working.

    Now, these are some changes we can look forward to in 2021. The life after a pandemic is that of comfort, convenience, health, and safety. No one is willing to compromise on any of the factors and they shouldn’t. Amealio, as an application, inculcates most of the changing trends and more. From a touchless experience to customized service, what else do we need, the game-changing rule of the 21st century is to keep adapting to change. Now, there’s not much that can be done with regard to the pandemic but one can always one-up the precautionary methods. After all, prevention is better than cure. One of the biggest benefits of moving to a digital setup is also the transparency that comes with it. With people’s inhibitions about the F&B industry and the reservations post-pandemic, the more transparent your business, the better outcome. Are we ready for the changes that await us?

     

A responsible way of doing business is all about creating social impact!

How often have we heard that the key to a successful business or enterprise is through impact creation? Well, quite a lot. Keeping the environment safe and helping uplift society is a great way forward. The vision might differ from people to people, but the core idea should always have a social impact. The shift from Corporate social responsibility just existing to become a critical factor in the workings of a company is remarkable.

Entrepreneurs have begun to understand the need for a better societal setup and have started responding in their own ways. Another essential aspect of a responsible business is aligning your vision with strategic goals and giving you a competitive advantage. There are a few more benefits of responsible business practices.

  • Increase the efficiency of the employees and motivate them to learn a new set of skills and talent. This also helps them to be better and foster the community they are working in. They can leverage core skills and talents as a means to their end. The idea behind a successful company is to set a strategic goal to empower their teams.
  • Companies have the resources and means to create a more significant impact. Hence, many people tend to trust in those companies more than individuals. Through responsible business and inclusive growth methods, they can lead to a more cohesive society and contribute to a more sustainable economic system.
  • Enterprises in the current times have recognized the sheer potential of responsible business to provide benefits in terms of access to capital, cost savings, risk management, employee satisfaction, sustainable operations, ability to innovate, and most importantly, customer relationships all sprout from people in the community.

What Practices are popular amongst responsible businesses?

The first step to practicing responsible business is eliminating negative impact. This impact can be in terms of environment, employee support, sustainability. The stakeholders play a vital role in implementing positive practices at workspaces. Businesses have started hiring consultant firms on how to ease up the procedure and create sustainable impact. There is substantial research on the development of environmentally or socially viable business options. These tools have proven to be helpful in many ways.

At Amealio, we target the sections of society that can be benefitted from our business model and have been focusing on those key areas. Our idea is to create an environment for local communities that creates a ripple effect through our initiative Udbhav and reach out to as many people as possible. It is not only about helping a few people but making it a way of life.

For this reason, we plan to involve the students, youth, and community members in giving back activities and events to cultivate that giving back is not just in the way of money but in imparting a variety of skills and talents to the impoverished. Thus, creating awareness in the next generation citizens.

It is a belief that the prosperity of any business is directly proportional to its impact on society. The idea is a multiplier effect so that when companies hold hands or decide to come together to work on a cause, the result is likely to influence a larger group of people.

Michael Porter, Faculty at Harvard Business School, has shared his model of ‘creating shared value.’ According to this model, businesses need to rethink capitalism to solve contemporary issues while creating value. This can be achieved through identifying new markets and creating innovative business models.

Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Model’ is another example of how business can operate in “the safe and just space for humanity.” She explains this in seven steps; Change the goal, See the Big Picture, Nurture Human Nature, Get Savvy with Systems, Design to Distribute, Create to Regenerate, Be Agnostic about Growth.

How do we measure the impact and rate models?

Our platform is designed to crowdsource funds through various activities on the app and put the funds to use in the social give-back program, apart from our employees’ contributions. Our referral programs for users so that each qualified referral and download of the app instead of giving cashback, etc. We contribute that referral towards the social initiative and provide it to someone in need. That Rs 50 of referral for someone in need could mean a lot. Spreading the word could make a world of difference in someone’s life.

This is the best way of extending help to people in need.

Managing and measuring impact is the most critical component for our business to understand the positive and negative reactions of it on the people and world we live in.

Amealio focuses on helping F&B and Hospitality businesses with ease of doing business by putting Voice, AI, and mobile technology to use and create sustainable impact. Our team is inspired by the idea of giving back to society. You can also be a part of it through our initiatives and help build a better world for the generations to come.

Why do we need to revolutionize empathy?

How do you react when you’re happy? You want to share it with others, don’t you? Similarly, when something upsets you or you’re in need, you want to be heard and helped. We as humans tend to rely on people around us for support but how often, do we receive what we’re looking for? The need today is beyond understanding another person’s suffering, it is about talking initiative and extending a hand. No change in history took place without a revolution, just in case you were wondering why we wanted to revolutionize Empathy. This need to socialize in a certain way is an ingrained human trait. Helping our community gives us a sense of belonging. When you see people sleep on the streets or eat out of trash cans, doesn’t it make you appreciate what you have, more? What we’re trying to shed some light on is that, apart from appreciating what we have, we also need to share it. Giving back to the community can’t just be an occasional occurrence but it is a way of life.

Why is it so important to give back to the society/community?

What is life about? Aren’t we always trying to find meaning in life? How do we find ‘meaning’ in life? Ever had these questions troubling you? Well, you are not alone. At Amealio, when we are trying to bring food to you at your convenience, we also understand that there are many who can’t afford food. Isn’t giving back to that brethren a worthy thing to do? The secret mantra to a happy life is understanding that, ‘living is giving’. Meaning in life can’t be equated with what you have or what you get, it is always about what you give.

How can you give back to the society/community?

  • Find your purpose: When we ask you to find your purpose, we aren’t just asking you to look for what makes you happy but what gives your life a meaning. One might say, performing well at my job or making more money makes me happy but dig a little deeper. What gives you actual fulfillment? When you get a raise at work, don’t you want to share it with your loved ones? One almost always wants to share food but would you like to share it with someone who can’t afford to give you back? Through Amealio, we try to help you reach out to the needy. When you refer a friend/family of yours, we contribute Rs 50 to people in need. It isn’t humanly possible to help everyone, but our team of driven professionals is happier than ever help you spread the joy. This way, you are also making a difference in the lives of those who don’t share the same fortune as you.
  •  A small start but an early start:You can’tkeep waitingto help people in need and you can’t eradicate poverty alone. What one needs to help and give back is to start today! It can be as small as one time’s meal for someone. Have you ever wondered why you haven’t started giving back already? Is it because you feel you don’t have enough money or time? Well, how much is enough? The deficiency isn’t in resources but in resourcefulness. We can’t emphasize enough on the fact that, ‘giving back is a way of life’. If you keep waiting for the right time to create a difference, you might end up not creating any.
  • Understand the importance of the Ripple effect: Have you ever thought what makes people we idolize so special? What is one similarity amongst Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rolling, Serena Williams, Mother Teresa, and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam? They all gave back to the society in whichever way they could. They changed millions of lives. Now, you ripple doesn’t have to be that big, but you can certainly change one life. Once you start a life of giving back, you’ll notice that people around you also want to give back. Positive changes run in chains, it’s like a ripple effect.

  • Finding the right fit: Do you like wearing clothes that aren’t the right size? Would you like a chair that isn’t comfortable? Can you contribute back to the society like everyone else? The answer to all these questions is a big ‘No’! Finding the balance between what you are passionate about and how that can be converted into meeting a need is true Avant-Garde. A lot of us visit Old Age Homes because, well, it’s what a lot of others are doing, but do you actually invest your time and energy into understanding the needs of the elderly? One must find ways of giving back that fir their ideals and not just make empathy about spare change.
  • Your life is your biggest resource, embrace it: If you think that only heroes help others, you have limited your mind. No one can take away that individual glimmer off you. The idea of giving back isn’t only benefitting people at the receiving end of it but also give you a sense of personal fulfillment. You are your own resource and what you do defines you and not the other way around.

Giving back can’t be something you did because someone told you or because it made sense at a certain point of time. It is a process, one which involves a lot of self-growth on your part as well. If you can’t help monetarily, you can always run awareness campaigns; online and offline because if you’re reading this, you already have access to more than 30% people around the globe. Amealio has also partnered with NGOs and if any of the communities we work with interest you, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re all here to find that bigger fulfillment and why should anyone be left behind? A little of your time and effort can change another person’s whole life around. What is stopping you from taking that leap?

How can voice technology be your newest best friend?

Companies are adapting to voice technologies for better business and aiming at reaching out to millions of people in the next decade. Have you ever wondered what impact it will create in our lives?

The impact of any technology on the shared future of humans can’t be understood upon looking at it in isolation. One needs to see changing behavioral patterns to understand the same. As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of all inventions’, that’s true for everything humans adapt to. A lot of our inherent needs and values have stood the test of time and the only thing that has changed is how we address it. The ease of doing or getting things done, socializing, leisure, and security aspects are a few things that we all have similar stands on. These unchanging needs are parameters on which we assess the impact of emerging technologies. Here are a few factors on which voice technology can be assessed.

Meaning and Personalization:

The most important factors to understand how voice technology impacts our lives are; personalization and meaning. The idea of being served with objects and experiences that are a tailored fit for us is what most of us desire. Voice technologies have been working on unlocking ways to address the need for personalization. With Amealio, we’re aiming at giving you a personalized dining experience, wherever you want and in lesser time than expected.

Another important aspect of Voice technology is unlocking ways to serve the need for meaningful relationships. These aspects can be understood better in phases, such as simple personalization, advanced personalization, and a quest for meaning. These stages together make up for the changed relationship with AI fueled digital voice technologies. From asking Alexa/Siri to order you some Diet Coke to transacting into a relationship that inculcates the desire for self-knowledge and meaningful relationships, Voice Technology has emerged as a phoenix that rises from its own ashes.  To understand things better, let’s look at these stages closely.

  • Simple Personalization:

The story of digital personalization can’t be narrated without that of data fueled personalization. What you search for makes up for most of your likes/dislikes. These search histories are used to advertise products or services that you might be interested in. AI fueled voice digital assistants is an extension to this kind of personalization. This kind of personalization also raises security concerns but a study by Accenture Interactive found out that 83% people are willing to share their data for a personalized experience as long as the companies are transparent about how the data will be used. Amealio uses your previous food preferences to help you pick out places to eat out at or pick up food from without taking much of your time. Even if you’re a first-time user, your food preferences and dining out options can be amalgamated without much work from your end.

  • Advanced Personalization:

With the evolution of voice assistants, the kind of personalization they offer becomes more complex. This can involve the emotional state of the user and revolving around metrics of well-being. The voice assistants can be used to remind the user about his/her medicines, exercise schedule or to simply hydrate at times. These devices can be linked with the smart watches to administer health conditions of the user at all times. The sensors that come with Voice assistant devices can detect heart rates and alert user about the abnormality. Advanced personalization also includes changing the tone of voice. This can be achieved via data on emotional state of user, which is gained through facial expressions or voice recognition. These assistants can be really beneficial in more ways than we know. For example, an in-car voice assistant suggesting some soothing music because it sensed that the driver was stressing due to traffic.

  • The pursuit of Meaning:

These AI-backed Voice Assistants have taken over more complex and personalized tasks over time. The advent of such features changes the relationship that the device shares with the user. The user starts seeing it as a counsellor or companions. A very good example of such transition are applications that are used to help user cope up with their mental health issues. A lot of such applications are free of cost and help you identify things like; causes of anxiety, what triggered it, which activity helps an individual, etc. These AI-fueled voice technologies run mental health assistants can help deliver a cognitive behavioral therapy to users when they can’t access a therapist. These assistants might not be able to solve the problem but can reduce the risk of self-harm amongst people who deal with depression. Apart from this, a lot companies are also aiming at creating voice assistants that can be used as conversational companions. It reads the users personality and preferences over time and helps users gain new self-insight. We all want a counsellor or Guru at all times, to guide us and help us with life changing advices. Ever wondered if AI-fueled voice assistants are your very own gurus or therapists? The desirability, adaptation and impact of voice technologies speak for themselves.

The future seems to have adapted to advanced personalization and meaningful relationships. They appear to be opportunities but also come with risks of data misuse. Another dimension here is that personalization around age and gender can increase risks of consolidating stereotypes. The tussle between new technology and human nature isn’t new. What needs further work is the development of frameworks of education and governance. Upon achieving this, we might have unlocked one of the best ways to use AI-fueled voice assistants to our discretion.