Getting involved in a legal snafu is annoying and frustrating. Most of us are all too familiar with the helpless sensation of feeling like you've been wronged, but having no idea what to do about it. Now, one Stanford student finally has a solution for us.
Nineteen-year-old Joshua Browder, who is originally from the U.K., has programmed a robot that can answer basic legal questions about things like parking tickets or missed flights. The idea for the program came after Browder received some buzz over Do Not Pay, a website he'd previously designed that made it easier to fight parking tickets. Browder told Mashable that making his new intelligent robot was much more difficult than designing the site and that he was grateful to have the help of his professors.
To access advice, users simply type answers to the basic questions -- What time what your flight? How long was it delayed? -- that Browder's robot has about their problem. The robot then uses things like key words and word order to understand what you're saying and continues to offer more and more specific advice about how to deal with your issue. If the robot determines that you have legitimate grounds for an appeal, it generates a legal letter for you.
You can watch the robotic expert in action here:
Right now, the program only works for legal issues in the U.K., but Browder says he's "ultimately looking to give it as much functionality as possible in the spirit of trying to replace the large group of exploitative lawyers." Fingers crossed that there's an American version of this helpful chap sooner than later.