‘Robot lawyer’ to defend a man in court for first time and could replace humans

An AI-powered smartphone app will be used in a court to defend someone for the first time, according to its creator.

Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, claims that someone will be advised in court by the chatbot he created.

It will reportedly feed them legal arguments through headphones in an attempt to contest a parking ticket.

Browder confirmed that the AI will be used by the anonymous defendant at a course case in February, making it the first time an AI has ever defended someone in court. The location of the court is still confidential.

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Described as 'the world's first robot lawyer', DoNotPay promises to help its users 'fight corporations, beat bureaucracy and sue anyone at the press of a button."

According to Browder, the AI-powered tool runs on an app and is capable of listening to arguments in court. It then generates responses for the defendant and tells them what to say to the court—in real time. He said that if the defendant loses the case, his company will pay any fines.

In a video, Mr Browder explained his vision, saying: "Lawyers are charging hundreds of dollars an hour for copy and pasting a few documents, and our vision at DoNotPay is to make the law free. So the average person shouldn't have to worry about paying all this money just to get access to their rights."

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The app can supposedly help you do anything from sorting out a fishing licence to getting a divorce or filing bankruptcy.

In 2016, it was reported that DoNotPay was able to successfully contest more than 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York over a two year period.

Browder added: "There are hundreds of pages of rules that the government doesn't follow when they issue [parking tickets] … People get parking tickets not necessarily because they've done something wrong, but because the government is just trying to make money and make up tax revenue."


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