The Chinese Communist Party has developed an artificial intelligence prosecutor that can identify and suggest charges for alleged crimes including “dissent” and “provoking trouble.”
Built by the Shanghai Pudong People’s Procuratorate, the tool can file charges after hearing a verbal description of the case. It runs on a standard desktop computer and presses charges based on 1,000 “traits” from the human-generated case description text.
The prosecutor was programmed with information from 17,000 real-life cases ranging from 2015 to 2020 and can identify and, as a result, can press charges for the eight most common crimes in Shanghai.
Among the charges is “provoking trouble” – a term often weaponized by Beijing to stifle political and social dissent and criticism.
Other crimes reportedly recognized by the machine are obstructing official duties, credit card fraud, gambling crimes, dangerous driving, theft, fraud, and intentional injury.
The project’s lead scientist Shi Yong claimed the system had an accuracy rate of 97 percent, adding “the system can replace prosecutors in the decision-making process to a certain extent.”
Chinese prosecutors, however, have concerns over the machine’s purported accuracy.
“The accuracy of 97% may be high from a technological point of view, but there will always be a chance of a mistake,” cautioned a prosecutor from Guangdong Province. “Who will take responsibility when it happens? The prosecutor, the machine or the designer of the algorithm,” they added.
A more advanced version of the prosecutor will eventually be able to eliminate data irrelevant to a case and will be capable of converting spoken words into a standard format computers can understand and act upon.
The Chinese Communist Party has increasingly relied on artificial intelligence to implement its “social credit score” system, using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to implement vaccine passports. The National Pulse revealed that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. partnered with AliPay – the regime’s premier platform for its social credit scoring system – one year ahead of the onset of the pandemic.
Natalie Winters is the Lead Investigative Reporter at the National Pulse and co-host of The National Pulse podcast.