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Managing Your AI-Driven Manager

The threat to your job isn’t that an AI can replace you — it’s that a manager will think AI can replace you. This talk covers how to build a relationship with your manager that makes you their primary technical ally. The idea is to become the person they trust to evaluate both the benefits — and the costs — of using AI tools, showing where they can help and where you really need to be careful using them. In a rapidly changing world, you can become the person your manager relies on to give them good advice, all while you get to enjoy playing with the latest toys.

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About the speaker

Kenneth Kousen

President, Kousen IT, Inc!

Ken Kousen is a Java Champion, several time JavaOne Rock Star, and a Grails Rock Star. He is the author of the Pragmatic Library books “Mockito Made Clear” and “Help Your Boss Help You,” the O'Reilly books “Kotlin Cookbook”, “Modern Java Recipes”, and “Gradle Recipes for Android”, and the Manning book “Making Java Groovy”. He also has recorded over a dozen video courses for the O'Reilly Learning Platform, covering topics related to Android, Spring, Java, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle.

His academic background include BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from M.I.T., an MA and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. He is currently President of Kousen IT, Inc., based in Connecticut.