An article for Wired looks at how Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia Government Chief Data Officer Ott Velsberg is pushing for the incorporation of artificial intelligence and machine learning into the country’s ministries and services. In what may be the first instance of granting decision-making authority to AI, the country is hoping to launch its “robot judge,” which, once designed, will be able to adjudicate small-claims disputes in an attempt to clear a backlog of cases for the justice system. Since the country began piloting AI-based projects in 2017, Estonia now has 13 instances when the technology has replaced government workers in some capacity. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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