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Al truth machine

LIT Law Lab, Johannes Kepler Universität (AT)

From the “transparent citizen” and ”social scoring” to AI-supported truth finding in the courtroom and machine-generated administrative notices: the digitization of administration and jurisdiction has many facets. It requires not only a consideration of what is technically possible, but also what is legally permissible and what is desired in terms of legal policy. Against this background, the LIT Law Lab has two installations dedicated to the legal framework conditions (fundamental rights and data protection), problems and proposed solutions for a digitized enforcement.

Al truth machine

‏The installation “AI Truth Machine” deals with the chances and challenges of finding truth through a machine. In a fictitious courtroom, the aim is to determine who is better suited to distinguish the truth from a lie in a court case: An artificial intelligence or a judge? Before being questioned by the “AI Truth Machine”, a visitor is asked to lie about a given topic. In contrast to a judge, the machine provided by Converus® determines the truth in a completely different way. The AI-supported truth-finding process differs from the judicial interrogation methodology in the extremely precise analysis of eye movements and pupil dilation during an interrogation. After completion of the questioning, the result is presented and the question is to be clarified whether an AI can actually replace a judge.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements


LIT Artificial Intelligence Lab 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sepp Hochreiter

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Bernhard Nessler

LIT Law Lab 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Mayrhofer 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elias FeltenBakkphil. 

Univ.-Prof. DDrGeorg Kofler, LL.M.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Tumpel

Supported by Land Oberösterreich


LIT Law Lab.
Technological advances in the area of digitization have the potential to not only make profound changes in our economy, but to society as a whole and, along with that, our legal system. In the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) Law Lab JKU researchers active in the fields public law, private law, tax law and labor law will focus on options pertaining to legal direction and legal issues when it comes to the future of digital transformation.

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