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Future of Skills: AI and the Workforce

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to have a profound influence on jobs and skills across businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

At this event, NI Chamber and NIE Networks will provide members with the opportunity to hear from experts on the impact of AI on workforce transformation, upskilling strategies and staying competitive. Expert speakers will discuss the implications of AI for employees and skills in the evolving workplace.

Andrew Kirke, Partner, Contracts and Technology at Tughans LLP, will discuss the ongoing regulatory and legal implications of AI and Large Language Models such as ChatGPT in the workplace.

Dr. John Bustard, Lecturer at QUB and AI Consultant, will share his expertise of the intricate landscape of AI-driven automation, skills evolution and business strategies. He will also provide insights into the technology’s impact on SMEs and its potential to improve competitiveness.

Who is this event for?

The Future of Skills series is of relevance to anyone involved in business strategy, workforce planning, recruitment and staff training/development.


Speaker bios

Dr. John Bustard, Lecturer at QUB and AI Consultant

Dr John Bustard is an academic lecturer at Queen’s University and an AI consultant focused on helping SMEs optimise productivity and growth using large language model AIs. A published expert in computer vision and cybersecurity ethics, he understands the need for secure and legal AI use in businesses. He is the founder of Qlab an organisation within Queen’s to train promising students in advanced technology, AI and entrepreneurship. Dr Bustard’s diverse experience extends to the computer games industry where he spent eight years, including leading Sony Cambridge’s new concepts team and developing AI systems for a Microsoft Xbox launch title. With a unique blend of industry experience, academic knowledge, and an entrepreneurial mindset, Dr Bustard is committed to guiding businesses through the complexities of AI adoption, safely unlocking the transformative potential of AI systems.

Andrew Kirke, Partner, Contracts and Technology, Tughans LLP

Andrew is a partner in the Contracts and Technology team at Tughans, and works with clients ranging from start-ups right the way through to a number of listed technology companies locally across a full range of commercial matters, with a particular focus on technology. Andrew is qualified as a solicitor in NI, England and Wales and RoI. He regularly advises clients on general contractual requirements such as various forms of software licence agreements, reseller agreements, EULAs, privacy policies and so on. His other practice areas include data protection and privacy matters (in a post GDPR landscape), intellectual property (including trademarks) and regulatory law. Andrew is heavily involved in the start-up ecosystem in Belfast, mentoring companies through various programmes, and has previously spoken on the regulatory and legal implications of LLMS like ChatGPT at Digital DNA.