Mitigating the Negative Impacts of AI and 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. Promoting ethical algorithms and data practices requires a united effort to shift the paradigm and ensure that technology benefits humanity.

In partnership with Globant, the Ethical AI Studio integrates advanced digital technologies with socially responsible frameworks to ensure the ethical design, implementation, and scaling of AI. These efforts aim to directly address the unintended harms caused by digital innovations, while promoting individual rights, privacy, non-discrimination, and non-manipulation. The Studio is actively seeking early-stage technology companies to work alongside industry to develop and test new products and solutions that will promote wellbeing and restore the public’s trust in emerging technologies.

Our Thesis

Opportunity Spaces

Safer Online Gaming and Metaverse Spaces

Testing and deploying solutions that utilize AI to foster a positive and safe online gaming and metaverse experience.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Automated detection of non-text based forms of abuse
  • Better understanding context and intent in online interactions
  • Tracking interactions across platforms
  • Promoting and rewarding prosocial behaviors
  • Preventing the spread of misinformation in online gaming or nascent metaverse spaces

Inclusive and Transparent Algorithms for Life Sciences and Healthcare

Creating and validating solutions that ensure the algorithms deployed and data practices used across healthcare and life sciences are ethical, inclusive and transparent.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Training AI models with more representative, diverse, and/or augmented data sets
  • Detect potential biases in the design and deployment of algorithms
  • Enable usage of medical data without impinging on patient privacy
  • Ensure reliable information for R&D and diagnostic purposes
  • Detect and deter scientific and public health disinformation

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Who should apply?

Early-stage ventures seeking to integrate and scale their ethical AI products to create safer gaming and metaverse spaces or enable inclusive and transparent algorithms for life sciences and healthcare. Specifically, the Studio is seeking companies working on AI solutions including but not limited to:

  • Explainable algorithms
  • Data and algorithmic model auditing
  • Synthetic and augmented data
  • Easy AI building
  • Toxicity detection
  • Player management systems 
  • AI speech moderation
  • Fact checking tools
  • Bot vulnerability analysis
  • Credibility tools
  • Privacy enhanced computing
  • Identity verification
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About the Partner(s)

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 Be Kind Tech Fund, a US$10 million 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 Be Kind Tech Fund is a new category of  investment fund, the first solely dedicated to tackling the facets of tech causing the most harm to societies around the world. 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 Be Kind Tech Fund is creating a movement to guarantee technology remains a force for good.

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Investment & Exposure

Grant funding pool divided among participating companies to support pilot development and offset associated costs; no equity taken.

Pilot Design Support

  • Structured strategy and support from Newlab to advance your pilot concept and solicit feedback and input from key stakeholders to enable customer discovery, uncover technology requirements, meet compliance requirements and launch pilot projects.
  • Ongoing support from the Newlab team, Mercado Libre and a network of relevant stakeholders to navigate the integration of technologies that advance the future of low carbon logistics.
  • The project team will work closely with companies to determine appropriate sites, facilities, permits and timeframes for pilot projects in Latin America. We will work with startups to design pilot projects in detail and connect teams to potential partners based on commercialization progress, business model and go-to-market strategy.
  • Applicants will benefit from the project teams’ deep industry knowledge. Our team has mobility experience and local insight to provide intelligence around operational scenarios and potential for technology scale-up.

Community Membership & Newlab Infrastructure

  • Access to the Newlab flagship location in Brooklyn, NY and our new location in Detroit, MI with over $5M in on-site prototyping resources and product realization teams; over 300,000 sq ft industrial work space, and peer community of 250+ companies scaling transformative technology.
  • Engagement with leading industry, venture, and academic experts through curated programming and office hours.
  • Access to testbed infrastructure across Newlab pilot locations including the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, Detroit’s Michigan Central Campus, Uruguay and more.


Our point of view

Latin America
Newlab Uruguay Presents Results for Innovation and Sustainability in LatAm
Newlab Uruguay showcased the innovation programs and pilots across Energy, Materials, and Mobility that we are working on with leading Latin American multinationals and startups in the region including Mercado Libre, Globant, Quantik and more.
Latin America
Uruguay Partners with Newlab to Build New Platform for Innovation
Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining; ANII; and the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay are collaborating with Newlab and corporate partners to find solutions to critical societal issues and start new businesses that support the country's vision for a sustainable future.

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