Generative AI: 
A Game-Changer for Global Business Expansion

By Leslie Lee Fook – CEO at Incus Services


I n the ever-evolving landscape of technology, generative AI has emerged as a transformative force, redefining the boundaries of what machines can create and  reshaping how businesses operate. As we stand at this inflection point, companies in Trinidad and Tobago are uniquely positioned to harness this technology to streamline their operations and to expand their reach far beyond the Caribbean Sea. The implications are immense, and the potential is waiting to be seized.

Generative AI refers to algorithms that can learn from data to generate new, original content, ranging from text and images to code and music. This leap forward in artificial intelligence is not incremental; it is revolutionary. As such technology continues to mature, businesses will find themselves with tools that were once the stuff of science fiction.

One of the most immediate impacts of generative AI is on efficiency. Mundane and repetitive tasks that typically consume the bulk of a workday can now be entrusted to algorithms with an appetite for routine. In Trinidad and Tobago, where the economy has long been buoyed by oil and gas, there is now an opportunity for diversification. Incorporating generative AI can lead to more efficient operations, from automated customer service responses to personalised marketing content that resonates with diverse audiences, thereby reducing overhead costs and freeing human creativity for higher-level strategic endeavours.

Looking outward, Trinbagonian companies are poised to leverage generative AI to venture into new territories. As business operations become more streamlined, reduced costs and increased efficiency create a competitive edge, which is not merely about outpacing rivals but about rewriting the playbook on expansion—targetting markets that were once considered out of reach due to limited resources.

Generative AI can provide invaluable insights into local consumer behaviours, preferences and cultural nuances, effectively bridging the gap between local knowledge and global aspirations. It allows Trinbagonian companies to craft products and marketing campaigns that resonate with local populaces, whether in neighbouring Caribbean nations or across continents.

The possibilities are further amplified by AI's capability to develop new products tailored to the needs of different markets. For example, a Trinbagonian food company could use generative AI to analyse global taste patterns and create new snack flavours that cater to the palates of consumers in Asia or Europe, all while managing this process from their home base.


Moreover, with generative AI, the constraints of language barriers begin to dissolve. Real-time translation and localisation services powered by advanced AI can now enable businesses to communicate with potential customers in their native tongues, forging stronger connections and building trust with an international clientele.

Automated Customer Service
In the workplace, generative AI is revolutionising customer service by implementing intelligent chatbots and virtual assistants. These AI systems are increasingly sophisticated, capable of handling a wide range of customer service tasks that once required a human touch. Take, for example, the chatbot services provided by companies like Intercom and Drift. These platforms use generative AI to understand customer queries and provide accurate, contextually-relevant responses. This enhances efficiency by allowing businesses to address customer needs 24/7 without the cost of staffing a round-the-clock call centre. Moreover, the AI continually learns from interactions, improving its ability to resolve issues and even anticipate customer needs over time.

Creative Carnival Costuming
What about the creative world? Well, generative AI has the potential to revolutionise costume design and production, vital components of Trinidad's Carnival. By inputting historical data on costume aesthetics, including fabric types, colour trends and design preferences, AI can generate innovative and intricate costume patterns. These new designs can push creative boundaries while still reflecting Carnival's storied past. The application of AI in costume creation could extend to personalised designs, providing masqueraders with one-of-a-kind outfits that match their preferences in a sustainable manner, cutting down on waste and excess inventory. This fusion of AI with traditional craftsmanship could not only streamline the costuming process but also enrich the visual splendour of the Carnival, ensuring that each masquerader's attire is as unique as their role in this tapestry of celebration.

However, as we chart the course for this promising future, it's essential to consider the responsibilities that come with deploying such powerful tools. Ethical concerns, data privacy and the potential impact on employment are just a few of the issues that must be pondered. Trinbagonian businesses must approach these challenges with foresight and diligence, ensuring that the transition to AI-augmented operations respects both societal values and the individual's role within the business ecosystem.

Furthermore, while the prospect of utilising generative AI is exciting, it does not diminish the value of human ingenuity; rather, it amplifies it. The human-AI partnership should be viewed as a duet where each party brings its unique strengths to the table. As machines handle the predictable, humans can focus on the creative and strategic aspects, which remain distinctly our domain.

In conclusion, generative AI has not just taken the world by storm; it has become the tempest itself, capable of powering innovation and expansion in ways we are only just beginning to comprehend. For Trinbagonian companies, the journey ahead is filled with promise. As they embrace generative AI, they must do so with an understanding that this technology is a tool to enhance human capability, not replace it. By doing so, they can redefine the global business landscape and chart new territories with confidence and conscience.

The storm has arrived, and with it comes a shower of opportunities. Let us weather it wisely and emerge not just unscathed but stronger, wiser, and more connected than ever before.


Leslie Lee Fook is the Chief Executive Officer of Incus Services Ltd which focuses on enabling people with data, process automation, and cyber security skills that are required for the jobs of tomorrow. Incus offers services to both large and medium size organisations and helps them to solve their digital transformation challenges.