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Brazil partners with OpenAI for lawsuit analysis to curb costs

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The Brazilian government has partnered with OpenAI to use artificial intelligence (AI) to screen and analyse thousands of lawsuits. This initiative aims to mitigate costly court losses that are increasingly burdening the federal budget.

Reuters reports that the AI-driven service will proactively alert the government to the necessity of taking action on lawsuits before final judgements are rendered.

This strategic approach involves mapping trends and identifying potential areas of intervention for Brazil’s solicitor general’s office (AGU). The deployment of AI is expected to significantly streamline the workflow and decision-making processes within the AGU, ensuring timely and accurate responses to legal challenges.

Microsoft will offer the AI services developed by OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, through its Aure cloud-computing platform. Although the cost of these services has not been revealed, this partnership marks an important move towards modernising Brazil’s legal and financial systems.

The pressing need for such a solution is underscored by the escalating court-ordered debt payments, which have consumed an increasing portion of Brazil’s federal budget. The government projects an expenditure of 70.7 billion reais (approximately $13.2 billion) on judicial decisions beyond appeal next year. This figure excludes smaller claims, which historically add another 30 billion reais annually to the burden.

The Brazilian government’s lawsuit expenditure stands at around 70.7 billion reais. | Photo: Murilo Fonseca

The combined total surpasses 100 billion reais which is quite a significant rise from 37.3 billion reais in 2015. This amount constitutes roughly 1% of Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is 15% more than the government’s anticipated spending on unemployment insurance and wage bonuses for low-income workers next year.

The AGU has clarified that the AI initiative will complement, rather than replace, the efforts of its members and employees. “It will help them gain efficiency and accuracy, with all activities fully supervised by humans,” the AGU stated, emphasising AI’s supportive role in enhancing human capabilities.

In March, the Planning Ministry allocated 25 million reais in supplementary credits to the AGU, earmarked for initiatives that include implementing strategic information technology projects.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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