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Need to Know Your Rights in Relation to Sexual Harassment? AI Can Help!

   Lately, it seems like each day brings a new report of sexual harassment by a prominent public figure- Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer… the list goes on. Naturally, this has been a topic of intense public scrutiny and discussion, but this can leave people wondering just what sexual harassment is and what their legal rights are if they have been sexually harassed.

That’s where Botler AI comes in. Botler AI is a startup based in Montreal, and it provides “free information and guidance to those who have been sexually harassed and are unsure of their legal rights.” Its creators used deep learning to train the AI system on more than 300,000 U.S. and Canadian criminal court documents. Using this information, the AI software predicts whether the situation explained by the user qualifies as sexual harassment, and notes which laws may have been violated. It even generates an incident report which the user can give to the relevant authorities. For more information, check out this article.

The creators of Botler AI have big plans for the future- they’d like to continue exploring the possibilities of using AI to help people with their legal issues and with navigating the intricacies of the legal system. They aren’t alone, either- another startup, DoNotPay, uses a chatbot to help people fight traffic tickets and already has plans to help with other types of court cases, like landlord/tenant issues or divorces.

Submitted by Emma E Babler on December 12, 2017

This article appears in the categories: Law Library

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