Explaining AI explainability amidst a legal context

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • Explanations are an integral part of our daily lives
  • We are expected to provide explanations, and we expect to receive explanations
  • Proffering explanations is a lot harder than it seems
  • AI systems are increasingly being tasked to provide explanations, known as XAI
  • There are several crucial dimensions of the…

The role of apologies via AI and the legal repercussions therein

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • AI systems are increasingly being programmed to emit apologies
  • Some like the apology and feel better, while others find it insulting and a hollow gesture
  • There is a substantial body of legal literature on the topic of law-and-apologies
  • In some respects, an apology is legally exculpatory and in other…


Legal ecosystem and the impacts of AI

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • Ecosystems are complex and involve complicated intricacies
  • Yellowstone National Park provides an exemplar of biological ecosystem complexities
  • Analogously, the law and practice of law can be viewed as the legal ecosystem
  • When a change is made to one part of the legal ecosystem this can induce cascading impacts
  • It…


Cognition as composed of thinking fast and thinking slow

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • A popular metacognition model is that humans have a twofold approach to how our minds work
  • One portion of our minds thinks fast, making snap decisions, called System 1 (M-consciousness)
  • The other portion thinks slow, analytically so, and is known as System 2 (I-consciousness)
  • This viewpoint about the mind…


Casting the law as though it was programming code

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • There is a great deal of effort aiming toward “law as code” (it is headline-making)
  • The gist is to somehow convert laws into programming code, allowing for digital usage
  • This is much more than simply textual aspects and requires runnable capacities too
  • A tremendous stumbling block is the inherent…


Creating Legal Maps that are akin to Google Maps for the law

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • There are plenty of geographic map apps and online digitized maps available these days
  • Using an electronic-based map provides handy features such as zoom-in and zoom-out
  • Google Maps is the 500-pound gorilla and provides added features such as data overlays
  • For the law, envision a Legal Maps capability that…


AI might inadvertently end-up deskilling human lawyers

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • Attorneys are expected to provide topnotch legal acumen and serve their clients sufficiently
  • Some are worried that the emergence of AI in the law will cause a deskilling of lawyers
  • Attorneys will be able to rely upon AI-based legal reasoning systems for legal advisement
  • The crutch of using AI…


Charging for legal advice by the hour and ultimately by the nanosecond

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • Lawyers tend to charge for legal advice based on hourly work (or fractions thereof)
  • ABA stipulations indicate that those lawyering fees are to abide by “reasonableness” factors
  • The future of lawyering will encompass AI-based legal reasoning systems
  • Those AI systems will run based on nanoseconds (one billionth of a…

Practice of law as viewed via chess playing and AI

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • Some liken the practice of law to the playing of chess
  • Lawyers need to conceive of their legal moves and countermoves related to opposing counsel
  • AI chess-playing systems have gotten quite good and there are lessons to be learned therein
  • It is handy to consider the state-space complexity in…


Contemplating the use of AI-based judges in the courts

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

For a free podcast of this article, visit this link https://ai-law.libsyn.com/website or find our AI & Law podcast series on Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, plus on other audio services. For the latest trends about AI & Law, visit our website www.ai-law.legal

Key briefing points about this article:

  • There is much debate about the possibility of AI serving as judges in our courts
  • Some argue it should never be permitted, others say it will be inevitable and unstoppable
  • One argument being made is that perhaps AI judges would be solely used in the lower courts
  • The logic…

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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