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Category Archives: AI

Now that machines can learn, can they unlearn?

Ars Technica – Researchers see if they can remove sensitive data without retraining AI from scratch: “Companies of all kinds use machine learning to analyze people’s desires, dislikes, or faces. Some researchers are now asking a different question: How can we make machines forget? A nascent area of computer science dubbed machine unlearning seeks ways… Continue Reading

Machines Learning the Rule of Law – EU Proposes the World’s first Artificial Intelligence Act

Via LLRX – Machines Learning the Rule of Law – EU Proposes the World’s first Artificial Intelligence Act – Sümeyye Elif Biber is a PhD Candidate in Law and Technology at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa. In 21 April 2021, the European Commission (EC) proposed the world’s first Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). The proposal has… Continue Reading

AALL 2021 Annual Meeting Program Recap – Brief Analyzers: The Next Level of Bots Doing Legal Research

FCILSIS Blog – By Jennifer Allison – Description of the program, provided by the presenters: Legal research vendors have taken new steps to integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning in their products. The latest development is brief analysis tools that read a document and formulate searches with little to no additional human input. This session… Continue Reading

Robots are coming for the lawyers – which may be bad for tomorrow’s attorneys but great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistance

Via LLRX – Robots are coming for the lawyers – which may be bad for tomorrow’s attorneys but great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistance – Imagine what a lawyer does on a given day: researching cases, drafting briefs, advising clients. While technology has been nibbling around the edges of the legal profession… Continue Reading

OpenAI can translate English into code with its new machine learning software Codex

The Verge: “AI research company OpenAI is releasing a new machine learning tool that translates the English language into code. The software is called Codex and is designed to speed up the work of professional programmers, as well as help amateurs get started coding. In demos of Codex, OpenAI shows how the software can be… Continue Reading

Sequencing in Damages

Cheng, Edward K. and Guttel, Ehud and Procaccia, Yuval, Sequencing in Damages (March 7, 2021). Stanford Law Review, 74 STAN. L. REV. __ (2022 Forthcoming ), Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper No. 21-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3799514 “Tort law consists of multiple doctrines governing the assignment of liability and the calculation of damages.… Continue Reading

NYPD secretly spent $159 million on surveillance tech

Engadget: “The New York City Police Department has spent over $159 million on surveillance systems and maintenance since 2007 without public oversight, according to newly released documents. The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) obtained the documents from the NYPD, which include contracts with vendors. They show that the NYPD… Continue Reading

New STOA study on deepfakes and European policy

European Parliamentary Research Service: “…Cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have enabled the production of highly realistic videos that manipulate how people look, and the things that they appear to say or do. These fabrications are commonly referred to as ‘deepfakes’. The Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) commissioned a study to examine… Continue Reading

Explainable artificial intelligence, lawyer’s perspective

Explainable artificial intelligence, lawyer’s perspective. Authors: Łukasz Górski, Shashishekar Ramakrishna ICAIL ’21: Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law June 2021 Pages 60–68https://doi.org/10.1145/3462757.3466145. Published:21 June 2021 “Explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) is a research direction that was already put under scrutiny, in particular in the AI&Law community. Whilst there were notable developments… Continue Reading

A dataset for evaluating legal question answering on private international law

A dataset for evaluating legal question answering on private international law. Francesco Sovrano, Monica Palmirani, Biagio Distefano,Salvatore Sapienza, Fabio Vitali. ICAIL ’21: Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law June 2021 Pages 230–234 https://doi.org/10.1145/3462757.3466094. Published: 21 June 2021. “International Private Law (PIL) is a complex legal domain that presents frequent conflicting… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 1, 2021

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 1, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

The Chatbot Problem

The New Yorker: “As we teach computers to use natural language, we are bumping into the inescapable biases of human communication…Artificial intelligence is an ethical quagmire. Its power can be more than a little nauseating. But there’s a kind of unique horror to the capabilities of natural language processing. In 2016, a Microsoft chatbot called… Continue Reading