Automating justice and public confidence in AI

By Yves Faguy April 5, 20185 April 2018

Automating justice and public confidence in AI

Bob Tarantino weighs in on the topic of our latest cover story on using predictive technology to improve our justice system. He raises an obvious but fundamental question: Who gets to say whether the justice system is fair?

Whether and when we deploy AI in the civil and criminal justice systems are questions that should be answered only after taking into account the views of the people who would be subject to those decisions. The answer to the question of judicial AI doesn’t belong to judges or lawyers, or at least not only to them — it belongs, in large part, to the public. Maintaining public confidence in the institution of the judiciary is a paramount concern for any liberal democratic society. If the courts are creaking under the strain of too many demands, if resolutions to disputes are hobbled by lengthy delays and exorbitant costs, we should be open to the possibility of using AI and algorithms to optimize judicial resources. If and to the extent we can preserve or enhance confidence in the administration of justice through the use of AI, policy-makers should be prepared to do so.

Do read the whole thing.

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