The British parliament is ready to implement a crime prevention program that employs several thousand Watson computers that will serve as legal counsel for British citizens that walk the streets.
After having success with the CCTV security system in reducing crime all across Britain, the parliament hopes to educate people on the severities of their illegal actions, to stop them from breaking the law.
Watson, the supercomputer that became the world Jeopardy champion, went to law school in Britain and it's on its way to becoming the world's best legal diagnostician, helping Brit's with any problems they may encounter in their lives.
For example: A teen male in anger wants to strike his friend, but doesn't know what will happen, he then decides to tell the Watson box on the street his intent, to get a legal answer from Watson.
Teen male: "I'm angry with my friend and I want to strike him in the face?"
Watson: "It's not a good idea to do that because the police will arrest you and the court will put you in jail for six months if his injury is mild, but if you cause him serious harm then you will spend a longer amount of time in jail. It is called a battery." "You will be scared and there will be a criminal record with your name." "It's best to end your friendship to avoid any serious problems in your life."
The teen male realizes the horrible outcome to his actions and he stops himself from striking his friend.
It's estimated that 30% of inmates in British prisons didn't know they were violating the law and crown court judges don't accept ignorance of the law as a reason for lienancy. The Watson computer can remedy this unfortunate situation by stepping in to prevent a crime through the application of legal diagnostics and education.
Watson answers legal questions for any situation that has a law attached to it.
Lists of Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain
Lists of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
Laws of Northern Ireland
Watson is already capable of storing far more legal information than the Crown court, and unlike humans, its decisions are all evidence-based and free of cognitive biases and overconfidence.
It's also capable of understanding natural language, generating hypotheses, evaluating the strength of those hypotheses, and learning - not just storing data, but finding meaning in it.
As IBM scientists continue to train Watson to apply its vast stores of knowledge to actual legal decision-making, it's likely just a matter of time before its diagnostic performance surpasses that of even the sharpest legal expert in Britain.