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AI in HR: What’s real?!

Clarifying 7 misconceptions about HR technology in 2024

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The pressure on HR and recruitment teams today reaches alarming levels. The ‘race for talent’ is ever-present, and 20% of employees report experiencing work-related fatigue several times a month. Think there's no reason to panic? Think again! Demographic analyses predict that, in the next 15 years, we will face even greater challenges. “AI will solve everything!” proclaim futurists. But is this truly the case, especially in a domain as people-sensitive as HR?

This keynote aims to inform C-level executives, HR leaders, and innovation specialists in a clear and transparent manner about the state of HR technology augmentation today. What exactly is AI, and how does it differ from Machine Learning? What are black box AI and explainable AI? What distinguishes decision-making AI from supportive AI? What does the AI Act prohibit, and what does it permit? Addressing seven of the most common misconceptions about AI in the boardroom, this presentation delineates what is factual from what is not. It distinguishes between relevant optimism and naivety, as well as legitimate risk and disproportionate fear.

Jochen Roef, a psychologist, former consultant, and current CEO of Traicie, an HR technology augmentation company, often encounters misconceptions about AI in his discussions with C-level executives and security and compliance departments from governments, banks, and corporate organizations. These conversations, which highlight both overly positive and overly negative views on AI, inspired this keynote. The aim is to educate executives in 45 minutes, using easy-to-understand terms and avoiding the exaggeration of both the positives and negatives.

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Jochen Roef (1979) is former founder of Blinc and current founder/CEO of, both trend-setting companies in their market segment. Jochen is passionate about innovation, HR and entrepreneurship. 

After obtaining his master's degree in psychology, he entered several commercial and people management positions, which nurtured his fascination for human talent and diversity. 

He authored 2 books and co-developed the RIO method, a groud-breaking methodology that creates hyperpersonalized human2human experiences. 

Nowadays, Jochen creates pioneering AI applications that help HR departments worldwide augment and revolutionize recruitment processes.

Jochen Roef

Firm believer in human machine collaboration and domain expert "AI in HR"

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