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