Artificial Intelligence - interesting examples from Estonia

Maciej Michalewski

When I read Wired’s article title of „Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So”, I thought, „Aha!” After all, just a few weeks ago I was talking to a lawyer in my law firm about the idea of developing artificial intelligence for the legal business!

Estonia is a small country, but it is highly developed in terms of software development. Interesting facts described in this article are a great example of that.

judge and artificial intelligence

The first of them is the title judge, who is supposed to be an artificial intelligence. This is not a joke. The Estonian Ministry of Justice has officially initiated work on the creation of artificial intelligence to resolve cases that are worth no more than 7,000 euros. The Ministry’s initiative came about as a result of the courts’ inability to deal with the growing number of cases. The parties to such disputes will upload documents to the system, and will be able to appeal to a judge from the decisions issued by the artificial intelligence.

Well, the race to implement artificial intelligence in the legal industry wins Estonia for the moment. But there are other curiosities in the Wired article.

Artificial intelligence in agriculture

Farmers in Estonia receive subsidies for hay. Since there are subsidies, there are controls. However, the controls of farmers are not carried out by man. The satellite photographs the fields and the photo is analyzed by a special algorithm, which pixel by pixel checks the image and determines whether or not mowing took place. Human control takes place only in doubtful cases, when e.g. cattle grazing caused the photo to be illegible for the algorithm in some fragment. In addition, two weeks before the mowing deadline, the system automatically sends text or e-mail information to subsidised farmers with satellite images of their fields and a reminder of the mowing obligation.

ATS recruitment system

Another example is already closely related to the HR industry, as well as to the functionality I am working on together with the programmers in our own Element system . Estonia has implemented a CV analysis system for people who have lost their jobs. The CV analysis aims at assigning individual profiles to individual job offers (this is exactly the process we are working on in Element). 

The Estonian solution has already brought measurable results – people who obtained a new job thanks to the system maintain this job for the first 6 months more often (72%) than people who obtained a job in the traditional way (58%). So is this also the future of Polish labour offices? 

Is this the future of the HR industry in general? I wrote more about it in the article „About automation and dehumanization of recruitment processes”. In my opinion – yes, this is certainly the future, I have no doubts about it. However, I don’t think that this is the future of the coming years and there is no sudden revolution waiting for us. Yes, such systems as our element will be created, but such solutions are still a long way from becoming widespread. However, it is worth being aware of the direction in which these changes are going, and of the fact that they are inevitable, as shown by curiosities from Estonia.

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Maciej Michalewski

Maciej Michalewski

CEO @ Element. Recruitment Automation Software

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