April 12, 2016
Legal aid never comes cheap. Unless you’re lucky enough to be related to a legal professional, chances are you’re going to pay a few pretty pennies for any form of legal advice. No matter if you need a ticket contested or insights on a work contract, making the law work for you doesn’t come cheap.
But the days in which you need to pay a human to help you with your legal woes may be over, as a British programmer has just developed what many are calling the first robot lawyer in history. And he’s only nineteen.
Joshua Browder is the innovative teen in question, who is currently studying at MIT, and has appropriately dubbed his digital lawyer “DoNotPay,” as the online service is completely free.
Originally, the project began simply as a means to aid individuals in getting parking tickets appealed, but Browder saw more potential. After finding a way in which to allow his robot to learn and compare legal phrases and requests, DoNotPay is able to aid with almost any legal matter.
While the system isn’t exactly perfect, Browder does believe the DoNotPay formula can become a serious boon to society. In Browder’s words “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,” as he related to Techeblog.com.
To use the DoNotPay service, all you need to do is login or sign up. From there, you can ask the robotic lawyer any number of legal queries, from “I got an unfair parking ticket. Can you appeal for me?” to “My flight was delayed on the way to Paris. I would like some compensation” and more.
You can check out a DoNotPay demonstration in the video below, but if you want to see the service for yourself, head to the official website here.
Featured image courtesy of: Pixabay