Moving Artificial Intelligence from Dark Art, to Daily Ally

AI means change.  Yet, one of the nicest things about change I’m told, is that it is best viewed from a distance.  Would you agree?

Humans tend to not like change.  We’ve inbuilt cognitive biases that lurk away in the background.  These encourage us to cling onto old, unproductive beliefs.  When confronted with new problems, we prefer to apply old approaches to solve them.  As a corollary, we also tend to shun new approaches to solve old problems; therein lies a challenge for AI.

When change approaches, resisting it is our reflex action.  Distance seems to serve us well, avoidance seems better, denial seems best.  We resist because of the fears and potential negative consequences imagined.  We also resist because humans inherently lack the “cognitive flexibility” that’s inherent in other creatures, such as in the rhesus monkey.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one such change that has rapidly approached; it is now “danger close”.  We catastrophise because we do not know what is going to happen next. This surfaces anxieties and fears that reinforce reflexive resistance.

Aristotle told us that “Mother nature abhors a vacuum.”  Yet, it is not inevitable that things AI need to be this way, is it?

What instead, if we were to start viewing changes that AI brings from closer in, allowing us to see what things are (and are not) with considerably more granularity?  If closer in, could we begin get to know AI better, by exploring how to use some of its Tools?  Could we then take on more informed perspectives to the consequences and possibilities it affords?

We believe so, and that we all have the power to explore a little change. Yet in this increasingly affected AI world, unless we know what AI is, what it does, and how it works, we will remain in limbo, operating in the vacuum laden world that Aristotle described.  And we all know how that powerful beast called “nature” can take decisions out of our hands; yes?

This Workshop therefore takes an emotionally intelligent approach to AI. Our focus is built around a belief that AI affords us a wide range of new approaches to solve old problems. We further believe that embracing it as a “helping hand”, to engage with it as our own personal amanuensis, is a safe next step. We’ll also see that when choosing to use it in this manner, it can seriously enhance both our productivity as well as our creativity.

Course Objectives

Our intentions are to open your minds to the power in knowingly applying AI tools in your daily practices, so you can enhance your own personal productivity and creativity, as well as reduce the potential for fears that surround the use of these technologies.  Hands-on practice is key to the approach adopted on this Workshop, so bring along your laptop.

You’ll use the knowledge shared and skills practiced developing new insights into what AI means for you.  You will find that the practical approach will provide you space to consider just how straightforward it can be to incorporate AI into your daily routines, thus enabling you to start to feel more at ease and more comfortable around it.

Emotional intelligence sits well at the heart of this soft skills Workshop, as you move the focus of attention away from external consequences from the onrush of AI, inside to things you can do now to bring it within your control & power.

Course Outline
  • Demystifying what AI is, and isn’t
  • Appreciating the Differences in Types
  • Clarifying the Role of Generative Models
  • Exploring ways to Generate Text Responses
  • Exploring ways to Generate New Visual Imagery
  • Leveraging AI Tools to Solve a Business Problem
  • Considering Ethical aspects related to use of AI
  • Reflecting on Implications for use in Business
Who Should Attend

This one-day Workshop acknowledges that for many, the rapid approach of AI Technologies can be a little unsettling, whilst for a few others, it can feel a little scarier.  We all experience those vulnerabilities in different ways, and this Workshop knowingly immerses you practically & safely in the use of AI and some of its associated Technologies.

Therefore, if you are a business professional, executive, or manager who has little to no knowledge of AI, and soon needs to use AI or to make decisions in relation to AI, then, this Workshop has been designed for you.  It will open your mind to the application of AI so that you can feel more confident when dealing with these Technologies

Professionals who are not in an IT or software engineering role

Business Leaders, Owners, and Senior Executives looking for a grounding in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its business applications

Mid-to-Senior level Executives

Individuals interested in the future of technology

  • Workshop helped me overcome my AI fears
  • An eye-opening experience into the world of AI
  • The hands-on sessions made AI less intimidating
  • Hands-on with ChatGPT, Dall-E, very practical!
  • I loved practical applications discussed during sessions
  • Business challenge, a bit difficult but still was rewarding
  • Like the challenge, quite fun to think and apply what we learn
  • I appreciated the detailed discussion on AI ethical aspects
  • A day well-spent exploring potential of AI in business
  • Workshop very interactive, never feel bored
Facilitation Approach for Learning

This is an experiential Workshop, which emphasises engagement, interaction, and practice. Participants should expect short presentations that introduce content, experiential activities for skills practice, and group discussions for reflection that deepens their learning.

It is an exceptionally practical Workshop too, one that has been designed around significant hands-on practice of a range of AI Tools.  To achieve this, Participants must all use their own Laptop; the Tools and Activities are not designed to work through Smart phones.  Remember to bring along your Power cord, and you will need access to your email too.


Mr. Patrick O’Brien, CMgr

With a constant appetite for change, Patrick came to realise one very important thing; it’s the People that matter in business, their personal development & growth counts.

His approach to learning is reflected in his facilitation during delivery; it focuses on building & strengthening an individual’s “soft skills”. This leads to Training that’s designed to scaffold on top of three firm foundations.

First, learning needs to be fun for it to stick; enjoyment & engagement are precursors to absorption & adoption. Next, it has to be sufficiently real to be relevant; it needs collaboration, openness, creativity, and, a little intensity. Finally, it must match Participant expectations to be valuable; it has to substantially deliver what it states “on the tin”.

His life’s journey has straddled different countries, continents & cultures, from Ireland and England, to New Zealand and Singapore. He’s worked his way through a variety of roles & levels in the corporate world, from Individual Contributor up to Managing Director. And, he has built considerable business experience whilst working across sectors such as government, technology, manufacturing, finance, consulting, aviation, telecommunications, and the Internet.

His career began in an intensely technical field, building Computer Operating Systems and Applications. Those software engineering foundations positioned him well.  Today he still develops “Operating Systems”, but these are for the human mind. His soft skills energies are directed towards enhancing human behaviours; how we feel, think, choose and act.

His formal education is well rounded: at Honours-level in IT, Masters-level in Marketing, and, an MBA in Finance. He is also a “Master Practitioner” of NLP, and an enthusiastic author with Articles appearing in the local media. In whatever form you experience his work, you’ll always feel his curiously cheerful sense of enjoyment; it just shines through.

Patrick is an active member of many international Professional bodies, such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and the Institute of Directors. He is proud to be one of only a small handful of “Chartered Managers” in Asia.  He is a Fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and a “Chartered IT Professional” (CITP).

Holiday Inn Atrium/Furama City Centre/VOCO
06 Jun 2024


  9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1 Day


  S$ 500 (Nett)

Holiday Inn Atrium/Furama City Centre/VOCO

Course Fees Including Tea Breaks and Buffet Lunch

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