Chinese researchers create AI prosecutor capable of pressing charges

Chinese researchers told the South China Morning Post this week that they have created an AI legal prosecutor that can press charges and handle some other functions of the legal decision-making process.

The AI “prosecutor” works by deciphering verbal descriptions of the case and then filing a charge with up to 97 percent accuracy. The AI is capable of taking some of the daily workload off human prosecutors, which will allow them more time to focus on more important tasks.

“The system can replace prosecutors in the decision-making process to a certain extent,” said Professor Shi Yong, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ big data and knowledge management laboratory, and the project’s lead scientist. 

The machine was “trained” to identify and press charges based on verbal descriptions using more than 17,000 case files from 2015 to 2020. The AI was created and tested by the Shanghai Pudong People’s Procuratorate, the country’s largest and busiest district prosecution office. 

Some critics say while the AI’s 97 percent accuracy rate is impressive, it leaves ample room for error in the legal world. “The accuracy of 97 percent may be high from a technological point of view, but there will always be a chance of a mistake,” an anonymous Chinese prosecutor told SCMP. China’s government relies heavily on AI technology to carry out its day-to-day functions.




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