Apty named ‘DoNotPay’ is the world’s first robot lawyer created by a 19-year-old programmer
A 19-year-old British programmer, Joshua Browder, who is currently studying at MIT, has developed an aptly named “DoNotPay”, the world’s first robot lawyer. Users who are registered can use the service to ask any type of legal question and get appropriate auto-generated answers. Started as a free website to help people request parking tickets, this project soon became an automatic appeal generator, using earlier successful letters as a template.
“As a 19-year-old, I have coded the entirety of the robot on my own, and I think it does a reasonable job of replacing parking lawyers. I know there are thousands of programmers with decades more experience than me working on similar issues. If it is one day possible for any citizen to get the same standard of legal representation as a billionaire, how can that not be a good thing,” said Browder.
“Initially, I thought the best way to go about it was to create lots of individual rules for it to follow. However, I quickly failed with this approach because there are thousands of ways to say the same thing and it would be impossible to catch every one. The breakthrough came when I learned how to create a way for the robot to learn and compare phrases itself, so that it doesn’t matter how the user phrases his or her requests,” adds Browder.
Check out the video demonstration below. Also, you can click on the link here for signing up on DoNotPay.