At only 19 years of age, a British entrepreneur named Joshua Browder, who majored in Computer Science at Stanford University, created “The World’s First Robot Lawyer” that used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help drivers contest their unjust parking tickets. The chatbot, which can be found at www.donotpay.co.uk, is said to have saved drivers in the UK upwards of $4,000,000 in fines. It works by asking users about the details of their issue; an example of a question asked is “Were the signs unclear?” After the bot compiles all of the information, it creates a letter and sends it to the local government, contesting the ticket. It is said to have worked 64% of the time. It is a brilliant example of how AI is on the way to transforming our daily lives. The young entrepreneur has intentionally left the service free and publicly accessible. DoNotPay may reduce revenue for the government, but according to Browder, it is attempting to prevent the local governments from abusing their citizens. He eventually hopes to include other services that will help people appeal to governments as far as requesting political asylum.
Another great feature of AI is self-driving cars. Tesla’s cars have come with a self-driving feature recently and Google has created cars which are fully automatic. These could be useful to everyone because they would allow us to spend time on other things than driving in the car and they are safer than most human drivers. The idea is that, since driving is in essence a series of decisions implemented into actions by the car, computers can learn to do make them even better than humans can.
A revolutionary example of AI is the creation of a robotic pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). It is capable of preparing and tracking prescriptions much more effectively than human pharmacists do. This speeds up the process and helps get patients the required medical care. UCSF is also a pioneer in using mobile refrigerator robots to transport meals and medicines between floors of the hospital to save time and cut costs. These robots are not liable to human error and are especially useful when time-sensitive samples need to be moved.
As time goes on, our abilities to program computers develop further and we can customize AI to perform increasingly difficult tasks. Whether it’s interpreting a law and compiling an appeal, navigating the streets or putting a prescription together, AI is quickly becoming more and more of a necessity in our daily lives.
Edited by: Nelli Morgulchik and Naomi D’Arbell