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Welcome to a HR Technology Channel podcast on TotalPicture, I'm your host, Peter Clayton. And joining me from Toronto is Noel Webb. Noel, great to have you on the show.


Recruiters were terrified that Video Interviewing would take their jobs (hence the slow adoption), they're even more convinced that AI, and specifically Chatbots, will take their jobs. What's your response?

Tell us about the name of your company, Karen HR - who's Karen?

Why did you decide to focus on HR Tech?

Is a chatbot? How does it work?

You call Karen a Cognitive Recruiting Assistant - can you unpack that for us?

When I was UNLEASH America a couple of weeks ago, I filmed an interview with Maren Hogan, the CEO of Red Branch Media. She was telling me  that millennials would rather talk to a chatbot than to a human when it comes to initial contact with a company regarding job openings. I would guess the research she was discussing came from you. What can you tell us?

As you know Noel, every conference in the HR tech space has at least one presentation and panel discussion regarding AI and Machine Learning - in fact those terms, along with NLP are often used in the same sentence. What's the difference between AI and Machine Learning? Are they basically the same thing?

Let's talk about my friends' Larry and Ward's favorite topic. Integration. Does Karen HR integrate with a company's ATS?

What's in your product roadmap?

Do you have venture backing?

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Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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