A teenager from London has created a bot designed to help members of the public with minor legal wrangles, free of charge. 19-year-old Joshua Browder, who’s currently studying economics and computer science at Stanford University, originally built the tool to help people appeal parking fines.
Thanks to a lot of hard graft, however, it’s now capable of helping out with issues around Payment Protection Insurance compensation, claiming for delayed flights and ‘general legal questions’. One of his biggest challenges was getting around the fact that one query can be phrased in hundreds of different ways, but Browder says that he managed to create a way for the robot to learn and compare phrases on its own.
He says he wants to provide as much functionality as possible, in order to take business away from what he sees as a 'large group of exploitative lawyers'. Browder's tool, which has creatively been dubbed ‘Robot Lawyer’, is available 24/7 at donotpay.co.uk. [ThisIsMoney]