SCOTUS expanding the shadow docket, which relates to AI and the law

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has increasingly been producing so-called shadow decisions
  • These are legal cases that were placed onto a shadow docket of SCOTUS
  • Angst arises that the shadow case rulings are terse and without any judicial explanation
  • This is said to be done for sake of expediency, though…


Legal reconnaissance making use of AI

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • Discretion is a vital aspect of the law and has longstanding historical roots
  • There is a dual-edged sword associated with discretion
  • Trying to spot discriminatory patterns amongst discretion is logistically prohibitive
  • AI can be used as a tool in ferreting out discriminatory discretion
  • Efforts to pilot an AI capability…


Rising interest in experimental jurisprudence will be furthered via AI

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • A hot new trend in the law involves experimental jurisprudence or XJur
  • Few everyday lawyers have heard about it, nor was it likely covered in law school
  • The focus is somewhat askew of the wording since it entails studying laypersons
  • And it specifically entails studying the meaning of legal…


Famous SCOTUS case made turtles all the way down part of legal lore

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • A legendary and somewhat unusual expression is that it is “turtles all the way down”
  • This is a reference to the notion of an infinite regress and is based likely on a fable
  • Supreme Court Justice Scalia famously used the expression in a SCOTUS opinion
  • The expression is arising…


Do attorneys have a duty to inform clients about AI?

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • Attorneys have existing duties to inform and communicate with their clients
  • This is generally pertinent to what is considered material matters
  • Recent hubbub is that AI ought to be included in that rubric
  • A new rule would be clients must be informed about any AI use by an attorney


Considering the legal aspects when AI is the criminal

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • There is eagerness in using AI for the betterment of humanity
  • Though not as apparent is the use of AI for committing criminal acts
  • If a human crook employs AI for illegal efforts there is still a human responsible
  • Not so clear-cut is what to do when the AI…


Impact of hybrid sub-symbolic and symbolic approaches on AI and the Law

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • The use of Machine Learning (ML) continues to gain ground, including in the legal profession
  • Many wonder whether the future of AI is entirely pegged to further advances solely in ML
  • Some predict ML will hit a proverbial wall, and that rules-based approaches will be reborn
  • These two camps…


Leveraging the infamous paperclip maximizer thought experiment

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • Paperclips have more importance than might be apparent to the ordinary eye
  • Turns out that a parable involving paperclips has been an AI “hot topic” for many years
  • Suppose an AI system went overboard and made paperclips obediently but to our detriment
  • This same unintentional adverse consequence could befall…


by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • AI systems keep being developed and fielded by the thousands upon thousands
  • Some liken this to the days of the wild west, whereby existing laws are deficient
  • As a result, many AI systems seem lawless or sneakily skirt the law
  • Proposals exist about shoring up existing laws to make…


Essentials and foundations about AI and the law

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Key briefing points about this article:

  • There is some confusion about what “AI and the law” constitutes
  • Some see only a part of the whole and become focused solely on a particular piece
  • Thus it is useful to take a holistic look at the entirety of AI and the law
  • This quick primer depicts a…

Lance Eliot

Dr. Lance B. Eliot is a renowned global expert on AI, Stanford Fellow at Stanford University, was a professor at USC, headed an AI Lab, top exec at a major VC.

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