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We all need a little motivation on days we don’t feel like working out, and this is where having a personal trainer can be really useful. But what if you don’t have one? Great Eastern’s latest initiative attempts to solve that problem.
On 17 April, Great Eastern launched GETGREAT and UPGREAT, two of their own fitness and wellness apps that aim to help people get back on track regarding their health and well-being. With GETGREAT, users will be able to monitor their fitness progress, view fitness and diet-related content, and get advice from “a wellness coach, GERI, powered by artificial intelligence”.
They can also attempt fitness challenges to earn points and link it to other fitness apps they’re currently using to share the number of steps they’ve taken. These points can then be used to redeem gifts and vouchers, and using it with UPGREAT, a rewards and loyalty platform, will allow users to even share their rewards with their friends.
GERI, as it turns out, is an AI chatbot. While they’re nothing new in this day and age, and they can be hit-or-miss, machine-learning has allowed these forms of AI to progress at a rapid rate.
So how smart is GETGREAT’s GERI? I decided to put her to the test.
After doing a quick setup, I chatted with GERI a little about my fitness goals and how I can achieve them.
I asked her to do a quick BMI calculation, and after providing my height and weight, she declared me unhealthy.
Although she shut my dream down, she provided relevant diet advice. GERI did get a little distracted halfway though.
After bringing the conversation back to my diet, I had to ask her one last important question.
It seems like GERI has enough of a personality to keep you engaged. She was certainly smart enough to provide context-relevant messages and provide sound nutritional advice. But sadly, she couldn’t quite give me the answer to getting buff like The First Avenger.
With AI technology constantly improving, time will tell how much better this platform and GERI can eventually become.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer