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Robot Judges? Edmonton Research Crafting Artificial Intelligence for Courts


A robot judge of the future?

A team at the University of Alberta is working with researchers in Japan to develop artificial intelligence software for legal reasoning.

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University of Alberta professor Randy Goebel's team in Canada is working with researchers in Japan to develop artificial intelligence software for legal reasoning, after they successfully created an algorithm that can pass the Japanese bar exam.

Goebel says the software is being designed to weigh contradicting legal evidence, rule on cases, and forecast the outcomes of future trials.

"The next stage is to become more aggressive and [develop] not just yes-no questions, but do free-form questions," Goebel says.

The new algorithm already has found use in the real world for studying legal precedents and outlining the best path to a legal victory.

"A lot of the work that lawyers do in law offices is so-called discovery, trying to find out what data, what documents are related to a case that you're managing," Goebel says. "Speeding that up by having computer programs that do a more in-depth analysis of the language can save time and money."

From CBC News (Canada)
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