DoNotPay Lawyer Program Contests Parking Tickets

This little bot, called DoNotPay, is designed to help people get out of having to pay parking tickets. Legally, of course.

. It starts by asking you a series of yes-or-no questions about the circumstances surrounding the ticket, to see whether you have a valid legal basis to challenge it. If so, it then guides you through the steps necessary to file and win an appeal. (Often, it isn’t that difficult, since local officials can’t be bothered to show up in court to contest the appeal.)

The result? According to the bot’s creator, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay has guided Londoners through 250,000 appeals, and they’ve won 160,000 of them. Browder, who was born in London and launched DoNotPay there, has since expanded the service to New York City. So far it has been used more than 9,000 times by New Yorkers, Browder told VentureBeat. It's available on the Web at donotpay.co.uk, or as an Android app.

Browder calls the bot “the world’s first robot lawyer.”

In his 1990 novel Earth, author David Brin wrote about "lawyer programs" that are in routine use in the near future.

Spivey held up one hand. "First I must tell you, Mr. Eng, that what we're about to discuss is highly classified. Top secret."

Logan winced. "I want my lawyer program."

The officer smiled placatingly. "I assure you it's all legal..."
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