An AI-Based Robolawyer to Defend a Human in Court for the First Time

By: | January 12th, 2023

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Artificial intelligence is everywhere, we encounter it almost daily without being aware.

From voice assistants or facial recognition on your smartphones to security cameras that send personalized notification alerts to your phone and cars that heat the seats on a frigid morning, AI is behind it.

Now, in a new development, AI has entered the courtroom

AI company DoNotPay has been training AI to defend a speeding case that is due to be heard in a U.S. court in February 2023. The program is learning from past cases to prepare the defense. DoNotPay was founded in 2015 as a chatbot. It provides legal advice to consumers dealing with fines, late fees, and parking tickets. The company pivoted to AI in 2020.

The artificial intelligence will guide the courtroom defendant on what to say in response through an earpiece to the questions raised in court to get out of the associated fines and consequences of the speeding charge.

The case specifics like the identity of the defendant contesting the speeding ticket and the court are under wraps.

AI in the courtroom is likely in violation of courtroom laws and protocol

The real big question is whether using an earpiece is legal in a court of law.  However, DoNotPay is ready to pay for the speeding ticket if the AI’s advice is not able to help the client. But it will be a massive victory if it succeeds.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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