Ethical AI Studio

Mitigating the negative impacts of digital technology
At a time when digital technologies underpin nearly every facet of life and massive global investment is fueling the growth of digital applications powered by AI, there is an opportunity to rethink the future of data science and address the harmful impacts of these systems. The rapid pace of technological adoption, economic growth, and social networking has been pursued at the cost of upholding our basic democratic principles and protections. Promoting ethical AI and more humane data practices requires a united effort to shift the paradigm and ensure that AI benefits humanity.

The Ethical AI Studio integrates advanced digital technologies with socially responsible frameworks, ethics, and policy recommendations to ensure the ethical design, implementation, and scaling of AI to directly address the unintended harms caused by digital innovations. Ethical AI can both meaningfully mitigate the unintended harms of earlier applications of data and AI and responsibly prevent future harms and promote individual rights, privacy, non-discrimination, and non-manipulation. In this Studio, early-stage technology companies work alongside industry and government partners, developing new products and solutions that will promote wellbeing and restore the public’s trust in emerging technology.

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The Ethical AI Studio seeks strategic collaboration with startups, corporations, investors, and organizations to join Newlab as we advance Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to mitigate the negative effects of digital technologies.
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Focus Areas
Overcoming AI Bias

Algorithms are designed to learn and make decisions influenced by preferences or exclusions in training data, biased data sets, and skewed data interpretation. The Studio is seeking digital applications that can measure, mitigate, and prevent AI bias.

Combating Online Harassment & Abuse

Incidences in which people use online avenues to inflict emotional distress on others continues to rise. The Studio is seeking solutions that can more effectively and responsibly detect and prevent online abuse.

Dismantling Information Bubbles

The proliferation of AI has shifted the dynamics of information and online content, leading to entrenched misinformation and political polarization. The Studio is interested in tools that measure, mitigate, and prevent the spread of information bubbles.

About Globant

Globant is a digitally native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves and unleash their potential–a place where innovation, design, and engineering meet scale. Globant thrives by reinventing businesses and transforming organizations to be ready for a digital and cognitive future, providing world-class opportunities for talent to make a positive impact around the world.

In November 2021, Globant launched the BeKind. Tech Fund, a $10M USD corporate venture fund, administered by Globant Ventures. The fund looks to attract global startups seeking support developing apps, products, and platforms focused on mitigating the negative effects of technology.

The BeKind. Tech Fund is the first investment fund fully dedicated to mitigating the negative side effects of technology. The fund’s five main focus areas are online harassment and abuse, data privacy and security, AI bias, information bubbles and polarization, and screen time abuse. Globant believes in the power of collective action, and alongside its partners–Fortune 500 companies, leading VCs, prestigious universities, entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations, and thought leaders–the BeKind. Tech Fund is creating a movement to guarantee technology remains a force for good.

About Newlab Studios Uruguay

Newlab Studios Uruguay—led by the Ministerio de Industria, Energia y Minas (MIEM); the Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay (LATU); the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII); and Newlab; with corporate sponsors and inaugural private-sector participants—is cultivating an innovation ecosystem comprised of entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture partners and academics from Uruguay, other countries in Latin America, and around the world. In alignment with the goals of the Test Uruguay initiative—a national strategy to attract investment and talent from all over the world to drive innovation and economic growth—Newlab Studios Uruguay enables innovators to launch businesses that support the region’s established industries and Uruguay’s vision for a sustainable future.