Brendan recently found a really interesting story titled Software does judge’s job in China [AFP via Yahoo! News].

BEIJING (AFP) – Judges are not usually at risk of losing their jobs to modern technology but that may be changing in China, where new software is handing down sentences automatically.

The Zichuan District Court in east China’s Shandong province has installed programs on judges’ computers that provide advice on the proper verdicts in criminal cases, the state-run China Daily reported.

It looks like the software only handles sentencing as opposed to verdicts. The original article is “量刑软件”会不会“腐败,” (”Can sentencing software be ‘corrupted?’”).

I’ve also noticed that Brendan has put up a translation of the most amusing poster I saw during my whole vacation on the mainland.