According to Chinese scientists, they have developed the first ‘prosecutor’ robot that has the ability to bring charges against a defendant with just a verbal description of the case, replacing human labor.
Professor Shi Yong, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ big data and knowledge management laboratory, who is in charge of the project, claims his invention—an artificial intelligence robotic program that can operate from any computer—has 97 percent ‘accuracy,’ is capable of reducing the workload of prosecutors and has already been tested in the city of Shanghai.
“The system can replace prosecutors in the decision-making process to some extent,” Shi stated, claiming that it is the first artificial intelligence development that can actually make decisions.
For each case, once the official enters the case description into the computer, the robot analyzes a database containing 1,000 “traits” related to the information provided and immediately suggests what charges the alleged criminal should be charged with.
If it were a person doing this work, it would take much longer, as it is necessary to evaluate the evidence, consult files of previous similar cases, take statements, etc.
Once the robot presents the charges, another program, called System 206, analyzes the evidence to decide if it is strong enough to prosecute the individual.
The machine was “trained” using more than 17,000 cases between 2015 and 2020. So far, it can identify and file charges for Shanghai’s eight most common crimes, among which are “picking fights and stirring up trouble,” a charge used to crackdown on dissent, call all those who challenge or criticize the regime’s authority, credit card fraud, underground gambling, theft, fraud, etc.
Critics point out aspects of the technology that could be more harmful than beneficial: the Chinese communist regime, considered one of the most repressive in modern history. It may be able to program the robot to prosecute innocent people it wishes to imprison regardless of whether they committed a crime or not.
Whether the robot analyzes an extensive database, each case has a different context. The human analysis factor cannot be replaced by a robot that does not consider people.
According to South China Morning Post, a Guangzhou city procurator said he was concerned about using artificial intelligence in his field of work.
“The accuracy of 97 per cent may be high from a technological point of view, but there will always be a chance of a mistake,” said the prosecutor, who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. “Who will take responsibility when it happens? The prosecutor, the machine or the designer of the algorithm?”
“China is making aggressive use of AI in nearly every sector of the government to try to improve efficiency, reduce corruption and strengthen control,” the South China Morning Post report states.
And it claims that “some Chinese cities have used machines to monitor government employees’ social circles and activities to detect corruption, according to researchers involved.”
However, hundreds of thousands of reports published by independent human rights organizations assert that China’s judicial system, the procuratorates that are equivalent to prosecutor’s offices, along with the police, function entirely for the good of the Chinese Communist regime, and the entire prosecution and sentencing process does not strictly follow any legal regulations.
Practitioners of Falun Dafa, a persecuted Buddhist discipline in China, are prosecuted and sentenced on charges such as “interfering with law enforcement by using a cult organization,” and the “evidence” used by the procuratorates are flyers with information about the discipline and how the regime persecutes them that the practitioners had in their possession at the time of their arrest.
The procuratorates hold the practitioners they arrest arbitrarily for up to two years in detention centers, without charges, trial or defense, violating any legal procedure at will.
Therefore, the use of artificial intelligence to “detect corruption” in a country where “no law is above the Party’s interest” will not only not work but will be used to increase the speed with which the Chinese communist regime imprisons those it wishes to eliminate.