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The legal translation man-machine match competition and legal artificial intelligence forum was successfully held

Since the entry of artificial intelligence into the public eye, "human-machine confrontation" has become a hot topic for the public. The scene of AlphaGo's victory over Li Zaishi three years ago is still vivid. Today, a piece called "Mystery Tower MT" ——the artificial intelligence engine once again challenges the human elite in the highly vertical field of legal translation.


On April 12th, the “Mystery Cup” legal translation man-machine match competition jointly organized by Peking University Legal Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Shanghai Secret Tower Network Technology Co., Ltd. was successfully held in Peking University Law School. The competition attracted a total of 24 elite students from the top eight capital law schools, including Peking University, Renmin University of China, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of International Business and Economics, China University of Political Science and Law and Diplomatic Academy. In addition, the organizers also invited many well-known experts and scholars, law firm partners and legal directors in the field of law and artificial intelligence to serve as commentators and expert judges.


Before the competition, Yang Xiaolei, deputy dean of Peking University Law School and executive director of the Law Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Peking University, made an opening speech for the event.



He believes that the current application of artificial intelligence in basic legal theory, legal education and legal work still has uncertainty in theoretical understanding and value judgment, and should seek innovation in cautiousness. At the same time, legal workers should not ignore artificial intelligence. Great impact on the universal application of the law.


Subsequently, Secret Tower Technology CEO Min Kerui announced the official start of the game.



(1) Review of the schedule


The competition is divided into two formal links: "Human Elite Selection Competition" and "Human-Machine Confrontation Competition".


In the first round of the Human Elite Selection Competition, eight teams completed a contract clause title and an academic paper title translation within 30 minutes, and were judged by eight expert judges from the practical and academic circles. In the end, Tsinghua University, the University of International Business and Economics and Renmin University of China won the top three.


Subsequently, the nine winners of the three winning teams formed the elite team of the university to enter the human-machine confrontation competition. The contract terms were translated by the “Mystery MT” with a human-machine cooperation team player who recruited and selected from the students in advance. In the competition, the two teams completed the translation of the three contract terms in 15 minutes, and the eight experts judged the scores one by one. In the end, the man-machine collaboration team defeated the elite team of colleges and universities with a score of 88.33:79.22 and won the victory.



 During the game, the organizer carefully arranged a live experience session called “Turing Small Test”. In this session, the organizer prepared eight items chosen from different laws and regulations, which answer were prepared by the audience of nearly 100 spectators in eight participating teams in advance. The best answer is blindly selected between the automatic translation results of the “tower MT” and prepared translation.


In this session, "Mystery Tower MT" achieved a large lead with a score of 273:166. In addition, another 294 votes were voted for “unable to judge”, the machine translation effect has reached the point where it is even better than the human elite. Many live audiences who participated in the voting evaluation were amazed.


(2) Guest reviews


During the competition, the organizers invited famous experts, scholars and industry leaders in the field of law and artificial intelligence to make comments.


During the first round of the Human Elite Selection Competition, the moderator invited Prof. of Peking University Law School, Peking University Law Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Director Zhang Shouwen and Fang Da Law Firm Partner Zhou Zhifeng to attend the exchange.



Zhang Shouwen and Zhou Zhifeng respectively explored the profound impact of artificial intelligence on legal education and legal practice. Zhang Shouwen pointed out that since the 1980s, Peking University Law School has become the vanguard of the research on artificial intelligence theory in colleges and universities. In the past 40 years, the experts and scholars from generation to generation have made great achievements and achieved great results today. Zhou Zhifeng called on the legal industry to maintain a positive, open and inclusive mentality for cutting-edge technologies. The development of artificial intelligence will greatly enhance the overall production efficiency of the industry and will create more realistic needs.


During the second round of human-computer confrontation competition, the host invited the president of Amazon AWS Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Zhang Zhen, a computer science professor at New York University, and a Prof. at the School of Information Science and Technology of Peking University and the director of the Institute of Computational Linguistics at Peking University, Wang Houfeng, deputy director of the Law Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Peking University, Yang Xiaolei came to the stage to talk and exchange.



The three guests expressed their unique insights from the perspectives of artificial intelligence and human intelligence, the direction of artificial intelligence development and the application advantages in law, Zhang Zhen, mentioned that in the past few hundred years, human beings lacked sufficient pressure to develop their unique capabilities in probability statistics and data analysis. At present, artificial intelligence has far surpassed human top level in these two aspects; but in ambiguity Stronger areas, such as poetry translation, the performance of artificial intelligence is not satisfactory. Wang Houfeng expounded the research direction and achievements of artificial intelligence from three aspects of computational intelligence, perceptual intelligence and cognitive intelligence. It reviewed the tortuous history of machine translation development and emphasized that artificial intelligence will bring transformative influence to science and technology and the judicial field. Yang Xiaolei believes that the syllogism of law provides an innate foundation for the intervention of artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence will also promote the openness and transparency of legal rules and enhance the reproducibility of legal connotations.


The game also invited eight well-known legal scholars, law firm partners, and legal directors to serve as expert judges, including Li Xiaoming, a partner of Hankun Law Firm, Deng Jinting, an A.P. of Renmin University of China Law School, and Fu Yao, an A.P. at the School of Foreign Languages of China University of Political Science and Law,Gao Zhifang, Partner of Mingshi Capital, Niu Fengguo, Consultant of Dentons Law Firm, Bai Lin, Partner of Dahui Law Firm, Liu Xiao, Partner of the US Kunying Law Firm, and Liu Yiqiang, Executive Director of the International Law Promotion Center.



The judges conducted an in-depth analysis of the translation results submitted by the teams from the perspectives of Chinese and English grammatical structure, professional vocabulary selection, reading logic, ambiguous use of words, and background knowledge reserve, and made a wonderful on-site review.


In addition to the above guest reviews, judges' comments and on-site guest speech, Prof. Zhan Zhongle of Peking University Law School pointed out that artificial intelligence will greatly improve the efficiency of judicial work and reduce human uncertainty. From the three aspects of law making, administrative law enforcement and dispute resolution, Intervention in the administration of justice, I hope that the secret tower technology can innovate and make a difference in this aspect, so that the legal person can truly enjoy the convenience brought by science and technology; Zhao Lizhi, the leader of the law school of Beijing Foreign Studies University, is even more surprised that the secret tower technology is a domestic artificial intelligence legal translation. The representative of the engine, the presentation of its algorithmic technology and translation effects is shocking. It calls on the law school teachers and students to respond to the technical report with awe and tolerance, and prepare for the "grazing meat".



 (3) Strategic cooperation


After the awards in the whole game, Zhao Xiaohai, the general manager of Peking University Yinghua Technology Co., Ltd. and deputy director of the Law Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Peking University, on behalf of the Legal Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Peking University, awarded the plaque of “Strategic Partner” to COO Wang Yi of the Secret Tower Technology. In the future, the two sides will conduct extensive cooperation around the theoretical research of artificial intelligence and its landing in the legal industry.



This competition represents the first stage of legal AI in China to launch human-machine confrontation. The competition provides a platform for teachers and students of law schools and legal practitioners to discuss the field of artificial intelligence technology in the legal field, which will strengthen the domestic. The legal person community pays attention to the field of artificial intelligence technology. In this competition, the leading figures in the academic circles and the industry deeply explored their respective comparative advantages and development directions in the legal industry, and seriously considered the far-reaching impact of artificial intelligence technology on the future legal professional community. We believe that the competition will input new blood for the development of the legal technology industry, inject new power, and write a new brilliant prologue!


Translated by Rosie

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