It may sound bizarre but it’s going to happen in real life! For the first time in history, an AI-powered ‘robot lawyer’ will represent a human in court in the United States next month. DoNotPay has created the artificial intelligence (AI), which will give advice to the defendant throughout the duration of a court case. This will happen for the first time in the world that an AI will represent a human in court.
A report in New Scientist says the AI will run on a smartphone and will listen to all court proceedings before instructing the defendant on what to say via an earpiece.
However, DoNotPay, the company behind the AI, has not revealed the court’s location and the name of the defendant.
DoNotPay was founded in 2015 in California by Joshua Browder, a computer scientist from Stanford University. His aim is to save defendants money and completely replace lawyers with his app.
The company claims that “the DoNotPay app is the home of the world’s first robot lawyer. Fight corporations, beat bureaucracy, and sue anyone at the press of a button.”
Browder claims that it required a lot of effort to train the AI assistant on case law spanning a wide range of issues and ensure the app stays true to the truth.
“We’re trying to minimise our legal liability, and it’s not good if it actually twists facts and is too manipulative,” he said.