Divorced by Smart Software and Hopefully Outstandingly Objective Algorithms

July 13, 2020

Amica, someone’s pal. A divorce adjudicated by smart software.

We are not sure this is a good idea. Fossbytes reports, “Australian Governments Roll Out Amica AI for Settling Divorces.” Can an algorithm replace human arbitration in a heated divorce? Apparently, the Aussies in charge believe it can. Writer Nishit Raghuwanshi explains:

“The Australian government has rolled out an AI named Amica that will help the partners in dividing money and property. Moreover, the AI will also help in making appropriate parenting arrangements without hiring a lawyer. As reported in Gizmodo, Australian AG Christian Porter mentioned that the Australian government is trying its best to improvise the Australian family law system. The main priority of the government is to make the system a bit more fast and cheap. He concluded his statement by saying that the government is also working on making the divorce process less stressful for the partners and their children.

“As per the stats, most of the Australian couples were inclined towards dumping their partners owing to Coronavirus quarantine period. It is expected that just after a little relaxation from COVID-19, a large number of couples will appear in the court for separation cases.”

Apparently this dynamic means post-pandemic will be the perfect time to put the project into place. Australia’s family courts were already swamped, we’re told, and all this forced togetherness threatens to completely overwhelm them. Any time one partner refuses to accept the AI’s recommendations, however, a lawyer will still be required. So If the algorithm is not good at its job the court system may not see much relief. Currently, the tool is free to Australian citizens, but a fee between $113 and $303 will be enacted next year.

DarkCyber wonders if the system was developed by an objective humanoid, hopefully one unaffected by a parental dust up. Revenge? Maybe?

Cynthia Murrell, July 13, 2020

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