Susskind Proposes Legal Sector AI Manifesto At London Conference

The UK Law Society Gazette reports…..Enabling access to law and justice should be the top goal of research into legal artificial intelligence (AI), one of the leading commentators on the fast emerging sector said today. 

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Proposing an ‘AI manifesto’, Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the lord chief justice, underlined the social purpose of the technology. AI presents an opportunity to help people understand their rights and entitlements, Susskind said.

He was speaking at the International Conference on AI in Law, which is taking place in London this week. The biennial event has attracted 280 delegates – 100 more than the previous record.

On the legal and ethical considerations of artificial intelligence, Susskind raised the question of whether legal AI needs its own regulations, as well as the moral dilemmas that might arise from using AI. There are tasks that we never want to entrust to machines, he said, and decisions that we do want machines to take. ‘Would we be comfortable with a life sentence passed by a machine?’, he asked.

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