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Resarchers Create AI 'Prosecutor' That Can Charge People With Crimes

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The AI system can identify and charge criminals with eight common crimes.

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Researchers in China have created an AI that can reportedly identify crimes and file charges against criminals. 

The AI was developed and tested by the Shanghai Pudong People's Procratorate, the country's largest district public prosecution office, South China Morning Post reports. It can file a charge with more than 97 percent accuracy based on a description of a suspected criminal case.

"The system can replace prosecutors in the decision-making process to a certain extent," the researchers say in a paper published in Management Review seen by SCMP.

The system can identify and charge criminals with the district's eight most common crimes: credit card fraud, gambling, reckless driving, intentional assault, obstructing an officer, theft, fraud, and political dissent.

While 97 percent accuracy is fairly high, "there will always be a chance of a mistake," one prosecutor told SCMP. "Who will take responsibility when it happens? The prosecutor, the machine, or the designer of the algorithm?"

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