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Navigating the AI Paradox: A Debate on Innovation vs. Ethics in Business Psychology

December 5 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Are you ready to delve into the intriguing world of AI and its impact on business psychology?

Some (provocative) observations that we will debate:

🔥 Is AI an evolution or revolution?

British Airways were ‘early adopters’ and created an AI team back in 1990 (before it was so ‘cool’) that automated live decision making in its pricing and management of seat capacity. It’s been evolving its use of AI ever since.

🔥 Why ask nerds about morals?

Business Psychologists are often nerds who have great difficulties in thinking about moral implications. They mostly want to play with the data and get insights.Association of BusinessAI and its impact on business psychology

🔥 Is AI the new Boogeyman?

Are ethical concerns surrounding AI overstated?

🔥 How does AI’s data utilization compare to traditional methods?

The real challenge is that AI can utilise the wealth of online scraped personal data, whereas Business Psychologists normally work with skimpy traditional data limited to just gender, age, race and disability.

🔥 Are fairness issues more controllable with traditional statistical methods?

Powerful AI algorithms create a plethora of fairness issues, whereas the not-so-powerful traditional statistical methods benefit from well-known and controlled for fairness issues.

“Ask not what Business Psychology can do for AI, but what can AI do for Business Psychology?”

The audience member with the best answer will be gifted a free year’s membership of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP).

Debate Motions:

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1: “This house believes that AI innovations are worth the ethical dilemmas business psychologists now have to navigate.”

🌍 Motion
2: “This house asserts that AI needs more regulation to avoid existential threats not just to business psychology but possibly to the world.”

🚀 Motion
3: “This house loves AI, please bring it on: Embracing AI as a Catalyst for Positive Change in Business Psychology.”

This event is open to all interested individuals and is completely free. Join us for an engaging discussion followed by a lively debate facilitated by the Association for Business Psychologists (ABP).

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain unique insights and perspectives on the AI paradox. RSVP now and secure your spot!

• Kate Young, Senior IOB Psychologist, Multiverse
• Ben Williams, Founder and Managing Director, Sten10
• Robert Boyle, Managing Director, GridPoint Consulting Limited
• Georgi Yankov, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, DDI
• Eric Sydell, PhD, Cofounder and CEO, Vero AI

Ben Williams acts as a strategic advisor to entrepreneurial startups which are blending AI into the custom psychometrics they are building with his firm, Sten10. He is about to launch a new psychometric called ‘PromptAbility’ to assess people’s motivation and skill for using generative AI such as ChatGPT.

Georgi Yankov, PhD, is a principal research scientist at DDI’s world headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA. His expertise and publications are in item response theory, psychometrics in general, and individual differences. At DDI, he designs and validates assessments for leadership selection and development. Before DDI, Georgi worked at Hogan Assessment Systems and Giunti Psychometrics, as well as helping multiple starting assessment companies design and validate their products. In recent years, Georgi has been working on integrating machine learning in the measurement of candidates’ personality and behaviour. Other interests of his are personal values, organizational behaviour theory and business ethics. Georgi holds a M.Sc. in industrial-organisational psychology from Baruch College (City University of New York) and a PhD in industrial-organisational psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Eric Sydell, PhD, is Cofounder and CEO of Vero AI, a firm dedicated to understanding and harnessing the power of AI and all algorithms for the benefit of human society.
Eric is an industrial-organizational psychologist, entrepreneur, and consultant with more than two decades of experience working in the recruiting technology and staffing industries. An expert in artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, psychometrics, and their practical application in hiring, Eric regularly writes and speaks on these topics, both in the media and at academic and industry conferences, worldwide, and is the co-author of the book Decoding Talent: How AI and Big Data Can Solve Your Company’s People Puzzle, from the Fast Company Press. He has been quoted in Fast Company, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, VentureBeat, Silicon Republic, and many other outlets.

Kate Young is an innovative psychometric product developer and experienced consultant. Kate specializes in the development of selection and assessment products, catering to FTSE 100 companies and the UK Government.

Robert Boyle is a seasoned senior executive with 35 years of experience in both consulting and leading at IAG, BA and other aviation businesses. He’s a strategic thinker who loves technology and innovation. Robert will make the case for more AI driving economic progress.


December 5
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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