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AI-powered "robot" lawyer won't argue in court after jail threats - CBS News

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A "robot" lawyer powered by artificial intelligence was set to be the first of its kind to help a defendant fight a traffic ticket in court next month. But the experiment has been scrapped after "State Bar prosecutors" threatened the man behind the company that created the chatbot with prison time. Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, on Wednesday tweeted that his company "is postponing our court case and sticking to consumer rights." Bad news: after receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom. Browder also said he will not be sending the company's robot lawyer to court.


Machine Learning Engineering Manager - Document Intelligence at Kensho - Remote

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Find open roles in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computer Vision (CV), Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Big Data, and Data Science in general, filtered by job title or popular skill, toolset and products used.


First AI-powered "robot" lawyer will represent defendant in court next month - CBS News

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A "robot" lawyer powered by artificial intelligence will be the first of its kind to help a defendant fight a traffic ticket in court next month. Joshua Browder, CEO of DoNotPay, said the company's AI-creation runs on a smartphone, listens to court arguments and formulates responses for the defendant. The AI lawyer tells the defendant what to say in real-time, through headphones. The robot lawyer will take its first case on February 22, Browder announced on Twitter last week. "On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For the first time ever, a robot will represent someone in a US courtroom. DoNotPay A.I will whisper in someone's ear exactly what to say. We will release the results and share more after it happens. He did not disclose the name of the client or the court. On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For the first time ever, a robot will represent someone in a US courtroom. DoNotPay A.I will whisper in someone's ear exactly what to say. We will release the results and share more after it happens. The artificial intelligence firm has already used AI-generated form letters and chatbots to help people secure refunds for in-flight Wifi that didn't work, as well as to lower bills and dispute parking tickets, among other issues, according to Browder. All told the company has relied on these AI templates to win more than 2 million customer service disputes and court cases on behalf of individuals against institutions and organizations, he added. It has raised $27.7 million from tech-focused venture capital firms, including Andreessen Horowitz and Crew Capital. "In the past year, AI tech has really developed and allowed us to go back and forth in real time with corporations and governments," he told CBS MoneyWatch of recent advances. "We spoke live [with companies and customer service reps] to lower bills with companies; and what we're doing next month is try to use the tech in a courtroom for the first time." If the robot lawyer loses the case, DoNotPay will cover any fines, Browder said. Some courts allow defendants to wear hearing aids, some versions of which are bluetooth-enabled. That's how Browder determined that DoNotPay's technology can legally be used in this case. Some states require that all parties consent to be recorded, which rules out the possibility of a robot lawyer entering many courtrooms. Of the 300 cases DoNotPay considered for a trial of its robot lawyer, only two were feasible. "It's within the letter of the law, but I don't think anyone could ever imagine this would happen," Browder said. "It's not in the spirit of law, but we're trying to push things forward and a lot of people can't afford legal help.


ChatGPT in Computer Science Education

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We have all heard it said that ChatGPT and similar applications will dramatically influence all educational systems (see e.g., Nguyen, 2023; Huang, 2023). The question we explore in this blog is how ChatGPT will influence computer science education. We investigated this question in a professional development workshop for Israeli high school computer science teachers that focused on research and entrepreneurship in computer science education. Interestingly, when we posed the question "How will ChatGPT influence computer science education?" First, they discussed the basic questions of whether ChatGPT should be integrated into computer science education and whether the computer science high school curriculum should be changed.


Data Science Learning

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A Data Science course is a educational program that focuses on teaching students the skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of data science. This can include topics such as statistics, programming, machine learning, data visualization, and more. A Data Science course may be offered at the undergraduate or graduate level and can be a part of a degree program or a standalone course. The course duration can vary, it can be a few weeks long, few months or a full semester. Data Science courses aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the field, including both the theoretical and practical aspects.


As a Data Scientist, You Should Know About a Clever Horse Called Hans

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In 1904, math teacher Wilhelm von Osten presented his horse called Hans to the public in Berlin, Germany. Von Osten claimed that Hans was smart enough to answer complex questions. For example, Hans could read the time. He could also identify the composers of music and the painters of famous paintings. Additionally, Hans could solve math problems. As shown in Figure 1, Hans did this by tapping a certain amount of times with his front hoof on a footstep.


South Australian universities to allow use of artificial intelligence in assignments, if disclosed

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Universities should stop panicking and embrace students' use of artificial intelligence, AI experts say. South Australia's three main universities have updated their policies to allow the use of AI as long as it is disclosed. The advent of ChatGPT, a language processing chatbot that can produce very human-like words, sparked fears students would use it to write essays. Anti-plagiarism software wouldn't pick it up because ChatGPT isn't plagiarising anything, it's producing new work in response to prompts from users. Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia have adjusted their policies to allow AI use under strict controls.


Best Data Science Courses in 2023 to Boost Your Career

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Data science is a rapidly growing field with many career opportunities. Data scientists are at the forefront of solving complex problems using data-driven approaches, from predicting market trends to developing personalized recommendations. To succeed in this field, you'll need a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer science and the ability to work with large and complex datasets. The demand for skilled data scientists is high, and the earning potential is significant. According to Glassdoor, the median salary for a data scientist is over $100,000 per year. With such promising career prospects, it's no wonder that so many people are interested in pursuing data science courses. Although most data scientist jobs require you to have a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, several jobs in the data science domain are open to those who have the right skills or experience.


Four Ways to Add Active Learning to Computing Courses

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Undergraduate computing classes typically deliver content through passive lectures and require students to write code from scratch. However, students do not always pay attention in lecture and writing code from scratch can be overwhelming for novice students. Students report feeling frustrated when they cannot figure out what is wrong with their code or wait hours to get help from instructional staff. Students from groups that have been historically marginalized are more at risk of failure in introductory courses since they tend to have less prior programming experience. How can we help students succeed in programming courses, especially those without prior programming experience?


How ChatGPT robs students of motivation to write and think for themselves

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When the company OpenAI launched its new artificial intelligence program, ChatGPT, in late 2022, educators began to worry. ChatGPT could generate text that seemed like a human wrote it. How could teachers detect whether students were using language generated by an AI chatbot to cheat on a writing assignment? As a linguist who studies the effects of technology on how people read, write and think, I believe there are other, equally pressing concerns besides cheating. These include whether AI, more generally, threatens student writing skills, the value of writing as a process, and the importance of seeing writing as a vehicle for thinking.