Chinese Researchers Create AI Prosecutor Called Lex Ex Machina
CHINA - Chinese researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) program named 'lex ex machina' that is reportedly capable of identifying a crime and fairly accurately press charges based on a verbal description of the crime.
The artificial intelligence compares the data from the description of the crime with 1,000 "traits" based on about 17,000 real crime cases that took place from 2015 to 2020, according to the South China Morning Post.
The "machine" is currently able to identify eight different crime scenarios, including gambling, fraud, reckless driving, and 'picking quarrels', according to Chinese researchers.
The researchers say that they are already using an artificial intelligence program in evidence assessment and deciphering how dangerous a suspect is to the public.
The report says that China has "achieved a world first" by creating a machine that is capable of charging people with crimes using an AI "prosecutor".
During tests, the AI prosecutor, which was created by the Shanghai Pudong People's Procuratorate Chinese prosecution office, has reportedly correct about 97 percent of the cases that it assessed, according to the researchers.
Professor Shi Yong, the director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his associates said "The system can replace prosecutors in the decision-making process to a certain extent".
Chinese prosecutors began using artificial intelligence to reduce workload in 2016. One such tool is called "System 206" which is capable of evaluating evidence, as well as the conditions for making an arrest, such as how dangerous the suspect is likely to be, according to the SCMP.