A smartphone app that can tell a defendant what to say in court using artificial intelligence has been used for the first time — and it’s a lot cheaper than a real lawyer.
California-based company DoNotPay says this is the first time AI has been used during a trial anywhere in the world. The neural network will listen to all speeches from witnesses, lawyers, and the judge.
The program then tells the defendant exactly what to say through an earpiece, urging them to stick to only those words. In this case, legal history is being made over a speeding ticket. The breakthrough may set a precedent for more serious cases in the future. Identities and locations are being kept confidential by DoNotPay. It would be illegal to use this technology in most countries, but British-born founder Joshua Browder has successfully argued that the app classifies as a hearing aid.
“It is technically within the rules, but I don’t think it is in the spirit of the rules,” the entrepreneur says according to a statement from SWNS.