Bot navigates sexual harassment case law for you | The Big Idea

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A brand-new tool called Botler AI is helping people understand their legal rights through artificial intelligence. Botler AI is the brainchild of Montreal-based founders Amir Moravej and Ritika Dutt.

It all began when Amir was dealing with an immigration dispute and started to read cases online. Then the #metoo movement started and the focus of the project shifted to help victims of sexual misconduct.

Botler AI uses artificial intelligence, which is intelligence demonstrated by a machine. Algorithms scan through hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Canadian criminal court documents related to sexual crimes. After a series of questions, Botler AI determines if there may be cause for legal action and it generates an incident report, which users can then hand over to a lawyer or to authorities.

Botler AI is available in the United States and Canada. It is free. And users remain anonymous.

The response to Botler AI has been good. Since the launch in December, the tool has had 11,000 users. Botler AI users ultimately have to decide whether to pursue legal action.

As for the future of Botler AI, the founders say they plan to work with the human resources departments of major companies to educate employees.

Using technology to empower the public is a big idea bringing more justice to the world.