When Tyranny Is Just too Inefficient — China Develops A.I. ‘Prosecutor’ Capable of Filing Charges

The AI prosecutor developed by Shi’s team could run on a desktop computer. For each suspect, it would press a charge based on 1,000 “traits” obtained from the human-generated case description text, most of which are too small or abstract to make sense to humans. System 206 would then assess the evidence.

The machine was “trained” using more than 17,000 cases from 2015 to 2020. So far, it can identify and press charges for Shanghai’s eight most common crimes.

They are credit card fraud, running a gambling operation, dangerous driving, intentional injury, obstructing official duties, theft, fraud and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – a catch-all charge often used to stifle dissent.

MEISHAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: (CHINA OUT) Police escort 19 gang members during a trial at the Meishan Intermediate People’s Court on October 12, 2005 in Meishan of Sichuan Province, southwest China. According to police, the gang has committed murder, robbery, rape, blackmail, gambling, drug trafficking and other crimes. Six members are sentenced to death. Local authorities have strengthened their fight against gangs and other surging organized criminals. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)