What if a computer could pick the next Mark Zuckerberg?
Two entrepreneurs have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that has been designed to recognize the early signals that someone could become a successful start-up founder.
The software is part of Founders of the Future, an initiative looking to spot the next big business person using AI.
Computer science expert Tom Bowles and Richard Segal created the AI platform after input from Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, and Natalie Massenet, who started Net-a-Porter, about what makes a successful entrepreneur. The AI software also takes into account public information such as whether a person has worked at a fast-growing start-up before or has risen up the ranks of a company very quickly.
"What I'm trying to identify is leading indicators, which may not have been spotted by anybody else," Bowles told CNBC during an interview at an event hosted at 10 Downing Street, the U.K. Prime Minister's house.