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Robot gives guidance in Beijing court

Society 13.10.2017 | 15:41
Photo:China Daily. Zou Hong
Photo:China Daily. Zou Hong

BEIJING, 13 October (BelTA - People's Daily) - The Chinese capital's first artificial intelligence robot for legal services was put into operation in a Beijing court on Thursday,according to Chinese media.

The robot, named Xiaofa, stands 1.46 meters tall and provides legal advice and guidance in a child's voice.

"Xiaofa explains complicated legal terms in everyday language to help the public better understand legal definitions," said Du Xiangyang, founder and CEO of AEGIS Data, which designed Xiaofa. "We used a child's voice to ease the tense emotions of litigants who come here for help."

The robot can move its head and wave its hands as instructions show up on screen, and it can guide people to the exact service window for litigation services.

The appearance of Xiaofa was a big move for the Beijing court, as the capital works to build a "smart" court system. Over 40,000 litigation questions and 30,000 legal issues can be answered by the robot, according to the court.

"Interaction between humans and machines has improved immensely," said Ma Laike, deputy head of Beijing No 1 Intermediate People's Court. "It will decrease the cost of litigation, save trial resources and improve the efficiency of justice."

Before the robot was introduced into the Beijing court system, it was tested by legal professionals.

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