Equator AI

The fourth Party to the Dispute.

Equator AI

Based on new legal technologies (LawTech), such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain.

Predictive or Quantitative Justice where assessments are made of probability for success/failure, strategy and outcome before a particular tribunal.

Equator AI Blockchain technology removes the need to have a trusted third party, for example by acting as custodian or escrow agent for records or assets and thereby creating transparency.

Equator AI: Empowering Amicable Dispute Resolution

Equator AI is an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by the Dispute Resolution Centre, known as Equa. Built on cutting-edge machine learning algorithms and advanced natural language processing capabilities, Equator AI is designed to assist in the amicable resolution of disputes, benefiting both the parties involved and the professional neutrals facilitating the process.

Equator AI acts as a powerful tool that enhances the dispute resolution experience. It leverages its deep understanding of dispute resolution principles and techniques to provide valuable insights and guidance throughout the process. By analyzing the information provided by the parties and neutrals, Equator AI can identify potential areas of agreement, suggest options for resolution, and propose creative solutions that meet the interests and needs of all parties involved.

One of the key strengths of Equator AI lies in its ability to efficiently analyze large volumes of data and complex legal documents, streamlining the dispute resolution process. It can swiftly identify relevant case law, legal precedents, and industry-specific regulations, empowering neutrals with accurate and up-to-date information. Equator AI's sophisticated algorithms continually learn and adapt, ensuring that the information provided remains relevant and reliable.

Equator AI also helps parties involved in the dispute by providing them with a user-friendly interface to express their perspectives, interests, and concerns. Through intuitive and interactive communication tools, Equator AI fosters effective communication and promotes constructive dialogue between the parties. This facilitates a better understanding of each party's underlying interests and helps to uncover mutually beneficial solutions.

Moreover, Equator AI is designed to support professional neutrals, such as mediators and arbitrators, in their role of facilitating the resolution process. It offers them access to comprehensive case management tools, aiding in the organization and analysis of case information, as well as the generation of accurate reports and documentation.

The Equator AI technology is continuously evolving, incorporating advancements in AI and machine learning to enhance its capabilities and ensure its relevance in the rapidly evolving field of dispute resolution. Equa, the Dispute Resolution Centre, remains committed to harnessing the power of technology to promote fair, efficient, and amicable resolutions for a wide range of disputes.

By leveraging the advanced capabilities of Equator AI, Equa empowers parties and neutrals to navigate the complexities of dispute resolution with confidence, facilitating the achievement of mutually satisfactory outcomes in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Equator AI designs the system on the following inputs. Such inputs are different for different countries, types of disputes etc.

Equator justice delivery services include natural language processing (NLP) and sentiment analysis:

The Key attributes

For Equator AI justice delivery blockchains, the key attributes are 

(a) Resilience—blockchains operate as decentralised networks as opposed to a central server with a single point of failure; 

(b) Integrity—blockchains operate using distributed open-source protocols removing the need to trust a third party for execution; 

(c) Transparency—public blockchains have inherent transparency features, since all changes are visible by all parties; and 

(d) Unchangeable—records in a distributed public blockchain are largely ‘immutable’, allowing applications and users to operate with a good degree of confidence. 

The core technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI)—

systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.

Big Data Analytics—

the analysis of large and varied data sets to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, customer preferences, etc. to help make informed decisions

Blockchain Technologies—

technology underpinning digital currencies and transactions that secures, validates and processes transactional data.

AI technologies

As we know, AI provides computers with the ability to make decisions and learn without explicit programming. There are two main branches:

Knowledge-based systems (KBS)—are computer programs that reason, and knowledge is explicitly represented as ontologies or rules rather than implicitly via code. KBS can be subdivided into

Rule-based systems—is one whose knowledge base contains the domain knowledge coded in the form of IF-THEN or IF-THEN-ELSE rules.

Big Data Analytics and Argumentation

Another influential technology is ‘argumentation’. In AI and related fields, argumentation is a way of dealing with contentious information and draws conclusions from it. Interestingly, argumentation is used in law, for example in trials, in preparing an argument to be presented to a court, and in testing the validity of certain kinds of evidence.

Efforts have been made within the field of AI to perform and analyse the act of argumentation with computers. Computational argumentation systems have found particular application in domains where formal logic and classical decision theory are unable to capture the richness of reasoning, domains such as law and medicine.

The combination of key attributes as set out above allows blockchain to introduce trust to all transactions and is therefore viewed as integral to any algorithmic dispute resolution platform.

Blockchain technologies

Elements of blockchain technology originally conceived for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are now recognised to have far-reaching potential in other areas. Blockchains are a way to order transactions in a distributed ledger, a record of consensus with a cryptographic audit trail maintained and validated by multiple nodes. Blockchain technology allows many distrusting parties to converge on a common protocol that can track assets in a dynamic fashion. Using this technology, many processes and third-party solutions are streamlined or collapsed entirely. The core technologies are

Distributed Ledger (DL)—a decentralised database where transactions are kept in a shared, replicated, synchronised, distributed bookkeeping record, which is secured by cryptographic sealing. The key distinction between ‘distributed ledgers’ and ‘distributed databases’ is that nodes of the DL cannot/do not trust other nodes—and so must independently verify transactions before applying them.

Smart Contracts—are simply the rules that participants have collectively signed up to that govern the evolution of the ‘facts’ in the distributed ledger. Possibly computer programs that attempt to codify transactions and contracts with the intent that the records managed by the distributed ledger are authoritative with respect to the existence, status and evolution of the underlying legal agreements they represent.

The ODR Technologies

Read more about ODR Technologies and how they are shaping the world, here.