Can Artificial Intelligence Solve Sexism At Work?

The technology industry has a problem with diversity. True to form, it thinks the solution is technological. Specifically: artificial intelligence. Founders of the Future is a new venture that hopes to uncover the Mark Zuckerbergs of the future, using algorithms. “An AI doesn’t know anything about your background – which school or university you went to,” Tom Bowles told me. Mr Bowles, a machine learning expert, developed the software, which models the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs like Niklas Zennstrom, who set up Skype, and Natalie Massenet, who started Net-a-Porter. Hopefully, the software spots the “early signals” of people who might make good entrepreneurs, even if they haven’t founded a company, scouring Google, LinkedIn and Crunchbase for candidates. Traits like rising fast through a company, or swapping industries, are good predictors,…

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