Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke.
China’s Communist-controlled government has reportedly developed an artificial intelligence program that can automatically prosecute crimes committed in the People’s Republic, according to a report in the state-friendly South China Morning Post, an English-language, Hong Kong-based newspaper. The machine can reliably identify eight common crimes such as fraud, gambling, dangerous driving and “picking quarrels”, according to researchers cited by the paper.
The AI “prosecutor” can file a charge with more than 97% accuracy based on a verbal description of the case alone.
To be sure, that’s not exactly a testament to the algorithm’s complexity or quality: China’s criminal justice system is notoriously opaque, with courts that have been criticized for being hopelessly slanted in favor of the government. The country’s prosecutors have also been criticized for charging those suspected of political disloyalty with criminal offenses like tax evasion.
Recently, China kicked off a transnational dispute with Canada after it arrested two Canadian nationals (a diplomat and a businessman) and sentenced them to lengthy prison sentences over charges that the Canadian government alleges were trumped-up – before being abruptly released once Ottawa had freed the CFO of Huawei after she reached a deal with the American Justice Department.
The prosecution machine […]
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