Japanese doctors have for the first time used artificial intelligence (AI) to detect a type of leukemia, which helped to save a patient’s life as the disease had gone undetected using conventional methods. The system, named Watson and jointly developed by the US’ IBM and other firms, concluded that the patient concerned suffered from a rare type of leukemia after the patient’s genetic information was compared with 20 million clinical oncology studies.
The young British coder whose simple “robot lawyer” chatbot has overturned more than 170,000 unlawful parking tickets in the UK and America has set his sights on solving homelessness by providing people with basic legal advice. An update to his DoNotPay bot works by asking users a simple set of questions about their circumstances, before advising them on the best course of action—often helping them draft an effective form letter to apply to their local councils for emergency housing. DoNotPay was originally a chatbot which simply advised people on the best ways to legally get out of parking tickets issued by local authorities in London and New York. He says the service has a success rate of about 64 percent, appealing more than £3 million of fines. The bot asks basic questions to ensure someone is eligible—e.g. “do you have a legal right to live here?”—and to uncover specifics which might make a difference—e.g. “are you or someone you live with pregnant?”