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Artificial intelligence makes inroads into U.S. judiciary

Feb 08, 2018, 7:37 AM EST
(Source: Douglas Palmer/flickr)
(Source: Douglas Palmer/flickr)

Artificial intelligence seems to have permeated in virtually all walks of life, with its latest territory being the American court system.  In some courts, judges are turning to AI to weigh if a defendant should be awarded bail until the court date and even to decide the quantum of punishment for criminals.

The AI systems sift through the data gathered from thousands of court cases to predict the likelihood of a defendant not returning for the trial, writes VOA News.

This shift in courtroom decision-making, however, alarms critics, who fear the system may breed biases in “ostensibly neutral” form in addition to supplanting judge’s own judgment, notes New York Post.

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