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Brief Published: 20 Mar 2015

AI App Recommends Restaurants

The Luka app

US tech start-up 1,000 Plateaus has developed a new app called Luka that recommends places to eat using artificial intelligence. The app aggregates information from reviews posted to sites such as TripAdvisor before suggesting a recommended restaurant.

Using a chat interface that is designed to answer in a personal and conversational manner, as though speaking to a friend, users can ask Luka questions such as where is the nearest Mexican restaurant, or what dishes it recommends. If a user isn't happy with a suggestion, they can ask for another. The app can even inform them of whether a menu includes vegetarian or paleo options.

Luka is currently only available in San Francisco, but 1,000 Plateaus plans to expand into other US cities. It also intends to add capabilities to enable the app to make restaurant reservations and allow users to add other people to the conversation, so that they can discuss dining options.

From apps that rate restaurants' sustainability credentials, to those that streamline the purchasing decision by suggesting products based on consumers' previous choices, apps are providing consumers with a wealth of information surrounding their food choices. For more on how digital devices and platforms are influencing the food and hospitality industries, see Digital Dining.