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Rise of the Machine: Creating Virtual Experts to Scale Wisdom

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Virtual using ZOOM


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting most large organizations today. This workshop explores a new decision making cognitive AI program, “TOM” (Thematic Object Modeler). TOM is an artificial intelligence decision model that enables the creation of virtual experts. TOM models the judgment, intuition, and years of experience of experts in making time-critical, high consequence subjective decisions. The goal is to is to scale expertise in organizations. The workshop will use case studies and show the potential impact on the practice of I-O psychology and the promises of AI and the ethical challenges that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Artificial Intelligence (AI) including what it can and cannot do.
  • Describe a new cognitive AI program “TOM” and its implications for the practice of I-O psychology, specifically, in the study and practice of decision making.
  • Demonstrate how TOM digitizes the decision of experts.
  • Discuss implications and potential of TOM in I-O Psychology.

Intended Audience:

This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

This workshop is approved by SIOP and APA to grant 3 CE credit hours - no partial credit is allowed.  SIOP  will email CE certificates 3-4 weeks after the workshop.  To obtain CE credits, attendees must:

  • Sign into the workshop using Zoom (instructions will be provided after you register).
  • Remain signed in and participate for the entire  3-hour workshop period.

Note: These are SIOP/APA policies and no exceptions are allowed.


  • Ability to access Zoom via the internet and to participate using both audio  and visual capabilities.  
  • Participate in a quiet space without interruptions or other noises and distractions.
  • Follow the GAIOP policies for participating in virtual webinars (policies will be sent to you after registration). 

Workshop Presenter:

Karl Kuhnert, PhD. Karl is Professor of the Practice in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He holds a joint appointment with School of Medicine as Professor of Psychiatry. Karl’s research focuses on how leaders cognitively, interpersonally, and emotionally develop over the life course. His recent work includes using artificial intelligence to scale expert decision making. Karl has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, 13 book chapters and made over 100 conference presentations and served on numerous editorial and review panels. He teaches leadership, organizational change and professional ethics. Karl has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching and research. Karl and a colleague have published a new book entitled “The Map: Finding Your Path to Effectiveness in Leadership, Life, and Legacy” by Baxley Press.  

In 2000, Karl was awarded the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for outstanding contributions to the federal government. More recently, Karl has created and facilitated a six-month leadership development program for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. In 2012, the program was recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management as a best leadership program in education.Karl also regularly teaches leadership development in the Executive Education Programs at Emory, UCLA, HEC Paris, and The University of Georgia. He has served as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non-profit and government organizations including, United Parcel Service, The U.S. Department of Treasury, Siemens, The Jet Propulsion Lab, Cox Automotive, The Federal Reserve, Federal Home Loan Bank, The Robert Wood Foundation, Carnival Cruise Line, AECOM, Farmers Insurance, and The American Cancer Society. Karl is also an instructor in Emory’s Executive Coaching Diploma Program.

Karl received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University

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