AI – Utopia or Dystopia?

In a world where technology is evolving at a breakneck pace, the relationship between AI and employability has never been more critical. Is this the path to a utopian future, or are we hurtling towards a dystopian reality?

Following the successful launch of the Centre for Employability Excellence in June, the IEP hosted the first in our series of seminars providing opportunities for contributors to come together for thought-provoking and open discussion, sharing valuable insights and perspectives on the hot topics of today and of the future.

On 18th October, our first CfEE virtual seminar, AI in employability – Utopia or Dystopia? delved into the ethical implications of AI in the context of employability, exploring its impact on employment programmes and the opportunities it provides for jobseekers.

We were thrilled to have an international audience registered from no less than 11 countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Wales

Programme and speakers:

8:30 Welcome and Introductions.

David Imber FIEP
Head of the Centre for Employability Excellence.


8:45 Artificial Intelligence (AI): Careers and Employability Guidance – The Coming Age of the Robo-Advisers.

Associate Professor Deirdre Hughes OBE,
University of Warwick IER & Co-Founder CareerChat (UK).

9:00 Questions.

9:05 An AI decision-making tool that estimates the probability of getting a new job and the level of risk of becoming unemployed again.

Ms Karina Leinuste,
Chief-specialist and In-house trainer, Eesti Töötukassa.


MrTaavi Unt, Researcher,
Center of IT Impact Studies
University of Tartu.


9:20 Questions.

9:25 ‘Hard Choices and Hard Limits for Artificial Intelligence’.

Bryce Goodman
Department of Philosophy
Oxford University.

9:40 Questions

9:45 Further thoughts, questions, and contributions from the audience.

10:00 Thank you and close.

The seminar was free to attend for IEP Fellows, Centre for Employability Excellence (CfEE) contributors and anyone interested in getting involved in the further development of the CfEE. We welcomed many colleagues and partners to come together and connect with like-minded professionals from around the world.

You can watch the video recording of the event here

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