BOFFINS AT University College London (UCL) have come up with a computer whose artificial intelligence (AI) credentials are so strong that it can actually adjudicate on criminal evidence.
An algorithm produced by the team has so far accurately predicted the same result as the Judge in 79 per cent of cases, after being fed data sets in cases involving torture and degrading treatment, fair trials and privacy.
The team believes that the ability shown by its set-up could be used to identify when there are potential patterns of human rights abuses .
Dr Nikolaos Aletras, lead researcher at UCL told the Guardian: "We don’t see AI replacing judges or lawyers, but we think they’d find it useful for rapidly identifying patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes.
"It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting which cases are most likely to be violations of the European convention on human rights."
At a wider level, although 79 percent is a bit more ED-209 than we’d like for now, it does suggest that we’re a long way towards being able to install an ethical and moral code that would allow AI to ... you know, not kill us and that.
With so many doomsayers warning us that the closer that we get to the so-called 'singularity' between humans and machines, the more likely we are to be toast as a race, it’s something of a good news story to see what’s being done to ensure AI stays on the straight and narrow.
Surprisingly, it’s the higher courts that provide the best opportunities for automation - with the US Supreme Count being given as another example of a situation where 'realist' rather than 'formalist' thinking is required.
In other words, cases where it's the implementation and interpretation of the law that is required, less so than the fact themselves.
It is not known whether the computer is lined up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017. µ
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