While working in artificial intelligence for large institutions, Gilda H. Darlas found that the use of algorithms exacerbated social inequalities generated by the financial models of banks. These social inequalities had resulted from decisions based on past data and negative emotions, thereby perpetuating the dark side of entrepreneurial finance. She therefore spent years studying how to resolve this problem. It was clear that the problem needed to be attacked at its roots: by shifting the mindset of young people away from greed toward altruism.
In the Star Wars film series, George Lucas made us aware of the dark side of human nature. This dark side is well researched in academic literature as well as in more classic literature. Essentially, these are actions based on fear, anger, hatred, passion, and aggression, which in turn produce win-lose situations and, with retaliation, lose-lose situations. If this dark side is well known, what can we do it to remove it from decision-making? While I have long asked myself this question, it has gained new urgency from research into artificial intelligence that shows businesses are reinforcing existing racial and gender biases by using algorithms based on outdated data and decisions. This risks increasing inequalities and unfair privileges. The dark side wins. When Olivier Toutain asked me to participate in the special issue on entrepreneurial finance, I was naturally interested to look for solutions rather than reflections. Not finding solutions in existing literature on the dark side of entrepreneurial finance, especially solutions based on an analysis of human nature as a root cause, I searched in other disciplines.
So, in my quest, I looked at social entrepreneurs who are using artificial intelligence to solve society’s problems. The person at the top of the list from my search on the Ashoka website was Gilda E. Henriquez Darlas. Amazingly, she had worked in artificial intelligence and had moved to social entrepreneurship to work on consciousness and the regulation of the dark side, so that decisions can be more altruistic…
- Greed as the root cause of the dark side of institutional finance
- The journey: Searching for a solution
- A pilot experiment in boosting moral agency to regulate the dark side
- Further research and experimentation
- The content of the program
- An inter-disciplinary approach
- Changing the dark side: From attitudes to behaviour
https://www.ashoka.org/fr-fr/fellow/gilda-henriquez-darlas, accessed on 26 May 2021.
Spécialiste de l’intelligence artificielle et de l’éducation, diplômée en philosophie
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