A team of scientists has developed a technique that automatically makes written sentences more polite.
Why it matters: As the authors themselves note in the paper, it is "imperative to use the appropriate level of politeness for smooth communication in conversations." And what better to determine the appropriate level of politeness than an unfeeling machine-learning algorithm?
Researchers are calling for open and free access to U.S. court records and building an AI tool to analyze them.
Why it matters: Court records are publicly available but expensive to access and difficult to navigate. Freeing up that data — and using machine learning tools to make sense of it — would help make the justice system more just.