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Before trying robot judges, let's learn from robot referees

Automated rulings in sports can help inform the development of criminal justice tech.
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Sometimes perfect rule enforcement is less fun.

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In 2012, the International Football Association Board—the 131 year old rulemaking organization for soccer around the world—said it would allow use of goal-line technology. The decision came after nearly a decade of arguments, bad calls, and angry fans, and is still a point of discussion today.

That type of extended and bitter debate repeats any time the governing body of any sport considers adding technology to the mix. Those constant conversations caught the attention of Meg Jones and

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