SINGAPORE, 11 May 2018 — The mentions of blockchain and cryptocurrency market is often met with skepticism, with many feels that some projects lack the real reasons for adopting this technology. The same goes with A.I, which is perceived as potentially putting millions of people out of job and creating chaos. For the founders of Viola.AI, Jamie Lee and Violet Lim, the blockchain and A.I revolution are the key to building a better dating and relationship industry in creating a more transparent and fair society for billions of people around the world.
The conceptualisation of Viola.AI came after Jamie and Violet saw first-hand the various challenges that singles and couples face. The couple has founded a dating company, Lunch Actually, 14 years prior, and has successfully expanded it into a giant dating group consisting of offline matchmaking, online dating, mobile dating and date coaching services in 5 countries in Asia. Despite the success of the group that has created over 3,500 marriages, the two realized that the dating industry as a whole is plagued with unethical practices and pressing challenges that contribute to the increasing number of love scams due to lack of verification and transparency, and higher divorce rates because of stigma for seeking professional help and more.
Can Blockchain Be the Answer to Revolutionize the Industry?
With online love scammers making billions of dollars a year preying on unsuspecting singles, and over 5.7 million new users this year joining hook-up websites to cheat, trust is something lacking in today’s day and age.
Enter Viola.AI, the World’s First Blockchain-powered Relationship Registry and AI Advisor that would impact humanity and promote real, happy and lasting relationships. Viola.AI REL-Registry, which is built on blockchain, verifies each user’s identity through visual recognition, social media check and ascertains their relationship status. No more faceless characters, bots, fake profiles, or married men and women defrauding singles. With the nature of the REL-Registry that is decentralized and global, it also gives couples a peace of mind that their relationship status is transparent.
More people have been using the proof-of-existence capability of the blockchain to store information, as it’s immutable, protected and their data is not owned by any corporations. The blockchain database isn’t stored in any single location, making the records easily verifiable and accessible to anyone.
This very nature has encouraged more couples to encode their marriage certificates on to the blockchain to showcase their love and commitment for one another. With In 2014, the first couple in the world registered their marriage on a blockchain through a wedding ceremony held on Skype, and more couples have followed suit since.
Through REL-Registry, the process is efficient, cost-effective, and simple. “Importantly, we believe that Viola.AI will empower singles in their dating journey, knowing that they are talking to other verified profiles who are indeed single. And for couples too, who would want to have their relationship transparent and that’s the reason we declare our status on social media for all to see, or host an engagement or wedding party,” says Violet Lim, CEO & Co-Founder of Viola.AI.
The role of establishing trust and transparency in REL-Registry is complemented through AI Love Advisor. The A.I. that the team is building evolves from dating, couple-hood to marriage based on the user’s relationship status and able to recommend relevant content, advice, goods, and services to serve each user’s needs. “Most times, couples are hesitant to seek help in their relationship or marriage because of a few reason, whether they be privacy issue, not knowing which advice to follow, or they may feel that their problems are unique to themselves, or not that serious to get professional help. However, I believe that if we were able to eliminate those concerns and barriers, more people can benefit from other people’s experiences and expertise to overcome the problems in their own relationships,” said Violet.
Ethereum Smart Contracts would enable the community to enjoy the fruits of their contributions to Viola.AI via smart contracts which can automatically reward VIOLET tokens, spreading the financial benefits to the many rather than being left in the hands of a few.
Asked about her goal for Viola.AI, Violet said, “I believe that this project has the potential to change the world, one relationship at a time. When we first started with Lunch Actually, we know we’ve always wanted to be the most effective dating service, but then, over the years we realized, it’s not enough as we do not want the couples that we have matched with to end up in divorces or break ups. So, with Viola.AI who can evolve her role to help singles and couples at every stage of their relationship, we can then, help every person to achieve a fulfilling and lasting relationship.”
“Ultimately, we can choose to be a revenue-driven, brick and mortar company. However, we choose to be in this industry because of the impact it can make in people’s lives. Many studies have proven that happy marriages and relationships are key to healthy lives. I’m always heartened to see the couples that have met through our services, because they will continue to be parents, and have children and that impact is very real. Through Viola.AI, we are able to solve real, pressing social problems and transform people’s lives for the better,” concluded Violet.
And everyone has a role to play in making the world a better place, and leveraging on blockchain and AI technology, the team behind Viola.AI is set to do just that.