Good news to those of you who spent your childhood watching Sci-Fi flicks and wishing for a robot friend to keep you company and protect you in times of need, just like R2D2 from Star Wars or (for the more nihilistic kids) Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Soon enough you’ll be able to have your very own piece of artificial intelligence watching your back online! Well, close enough. Insurance Business has revealed that Suncorp is now the backer of an insurtech chatbot that provides micro-insurance for peer-to-peer, online transactions. And his name is Kevin.
So, how does it work? While it’s not exactly the same as having Bumblebee from Transformers fight off building-sized robots from outer space then spontaneously convert into a car, Kevin will protect you from online theft, fraud and scams. Customers using Kevin will be provided with a link that they can send to their online seller, ensuring that their transaction is insured for up to $100.
The project was developed after founder Juan Cartagena transferred funds in an online purchase but never received the product. He hopes that the project will protect most online transactions, as “users who buy and sell through Kevin will be subject to reputation, and scammers will simply try to avoid it, so we are likely to see a low level of scams, just because scammers tend to prefer to be anonymous.”
Who knows, perhaps sometime in the not too distant future Kevin will be a sidekick in all of our online lives. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlord.
Words by Skye Jamieson