Tech project wins con­test

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

Kris­tian Payne is the win­ner of the Race For Space com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion is part of the Bar­ba­dos In­vest­ment and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s an­nual In­no­vate Bar­ba­dos event at the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre.

Payne man­aged to best a small but tal­ented field of en­trepreneurs such as Toni Thorne with Sweet­heart San­dals; Daniel Desouza with Cari­b­lime and Cher­ryann Boyce with Hello Nat­u­ralle.

The elated 21-year-old head of In­ter­gen Soft­ware said: “Me and my team of three peo­ple worked re­ally hard on this. It is a dig­i­tal am­bas­sador, an AI which will change the way busi­nesses com­mu­ni­cate. It can con­nect across so­cial me­dia and tele­phone lines, a con­ver­sa­tional AI which learns as it goes and talks and re­acts like a hu­man.”

For now, the AI is re­stricted to in­sur­ance com­pany work, but Payne said his next step was the fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

He also ad­dressed the con­cern that his AI may end up tak­ing the place of peo­ple, thus tak­ing away jobs.

“I don’t be­lieve that will hap­pen. It will in­stead en­able peo­ple to work more ef­fi­ciently by tak­ing on the more mun­dane du­ties,” he said.

(Pic­ture by Nigel Browne.)

Man­ag­ing part­ner of In­ter­gen Soft­ware, Kris­tian Payne, talk­ing about his AI Project, which won the Race for Space 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

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