Artificial Intelligence – Opportunity or Threat?
FREE WEBINAR  I 9. 3. 2021, 17.30 CET


For businesses, AI can enable the development of a new generation of products and services, including in sectors where companies already have strong positions: green and circular economy, machinery, farming, healthcare, fashion, tourism. It has been one of the most discussed and exciting topics in the business world in recent years, but it has also risen many eyebrows. We often read and hear that AI will replace humans, which can be interpreted as a threat. Should we make a change and let AI into our lives or do we close the door?


The estimated increase in labour productivity related to AI by 2035 will be between 11 and 37%.


  • Can AI take over our lives? Do our jobs? To what extent and what will it never be able to do?
  • With the labour market changing due to the emergence of AI, have we been acting proactively and are we already educating the new profiles for new jobs, or will we be a step behind?
  • In what ways can AI improve our performance and help us do our jobs better and more efficiently?
  • AI may be closer than ever to our lives, but how well do we as business people understand it? What steps need to be taken before we fully integrate it into our businesses? Which countries have been ahead with using AI in their companies and where are the best AI business solutions made nowadays?
  • Are small- and medium-sized businesses developing their own AI algorithms actively enough? Are there differences between the US, South-East Asian and European companies of this size? What infrastructure is needed to integrate AI into these businesses?
  • IRCAI is the first international research centre for AI, which is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. What does this mean for Slovenia and Europe in comparison to South Asia or the US? Will the project now place the main focus of AI development onto Slovenia?

In this free webinar, we will discuss new angles on AI and how it can help your business and your life. We will also discuss to what extent AI is a threat to our jobs and how will we adapt to it.

Brief description of the webinar

In a moderated Q&A debate, Jure Trilar will hear from Shlomo Engelson Argamon, Mark Grobelnik, and Bojan Cestnik, who has proven experience in artificial intelligence. They will present new approaches in the field of artificial intelligence with methods and tools to develop ideas and grow businesses. We will discuss both the opportunities and threats that AI presents. In this free webinar we will also learn about the needed steps to fully integrate AI into our daily routines. Shlomo Engelson Argamon, Marko Grobelnik, and Bojan Cestnik will also discuss the importance of IRCAI, the first international research centre for AI and the role it shall play in the future.

More information about Shlomo Engelson Argamon, Marko Grobelnik, and Bojan Cestnik can be found in the guest panelists section. For more information about the moderator Jure Trilar check out the moderator section.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover the potential of artificial-intelligence-related sectors for developing ideas, and connecting and growing business.
  • Learn what is still needed to be done for small- to medium-sized businesses in order to fully integrate AI into their business models.
  • Learn how AI can improve our lives and businesses and learn about future jobs that will arise due to its emergence.
  • Learn what initiatives are helping AI businesses grow both in Europe and the US.

Guest panelists

Shlomo Engelson Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States:

Shlomo Engelson Argamon is chair of the Department of Computer Science, a professor of computer science and the director of the Master of Data Science Program at Illinois Tech, and holds a courtesy appointment as a fellow at the Brain Sciences Foundation (Providence, RI). He received his B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University in 1994. His research focuses on developing computational methods for style-based analysis of natural language using machine learning and lexical semantic representations, exploring applications in intelligence analysis, forensic linguistics, biomedical informatics, and humanities scholarship. He has published over a hundred scientific articles on machine learning and computational linguistics, and is the founding co-chief editor of Frontiers in AI: Language and Computation, as well as the co-editor of Computational Methods in Counterterrorism (Springer, 2009) and The Structure of Style (Springer, 2010).

Marko Grobelnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia:

Marko Grobelnik is a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Focused areas of expertise are Machine Learning, Data/Text/Web Mining, Network Analysis, Semantic Technologies, Deep Text Understanding, and Data Visualization.  Marko co-leads Artificial Intelligence Lab at Jozef Stefan Institute, cofounded UNESCO International Research Center on AI (IRCAI), and is the CEO of specialized in solving complex AI tasks for the commercial world. Marko is co-author of several books, co-founder of several start-ups and is/was involved into over 80 EU funded research projects in various fields of Artificial Intelligence. Marko represents Slovenia in OECD AI Committee (ONE AI), in Council of Europe Committee on AI (CAHAI), and Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). In 2016 Marko became Digital Champion of Slovenia at European Commission.

Bojan Cestnik, Temida and GEA College, Slovenia:

Bojan Cestnik is the managing director of Temida software company, a researcher in the department of Knowledge technologies at Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and a lecturer at GEA College. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1991 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His professional and research interests include knowledge based information systems, business process modeling, decision support systems and machine learning. His research work was presented in scientific journals and at several international conferences. He has been responsible for several large-scale software development and maintenance projects for supporting business operations.


Jure Trilar, 4PDIH and Laboratory for Telecommunications, Slovenia::

Jure Trilar is employed at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering since 2011 as a researcher and European project manager. Areas of expertise include user experience research, development of advanced web and decentralized applications, human-centered digital transformation and advanced data processing methods. He has published 10 academic and professional articles and has repeatedly contributed expert opinions to various Slovenian media for the general public. He regularly lectures on selected topics at conferences or trainings and has cumulatively addressed more than 1,000 participants.

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