AI & Law: Overinterpretation By Machine Learning Produces Legal Nonsense

Lance Eliot
6 min readJul 9, 2023
Dangers of machine learning in the law when it comes to AI overinterpretation

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Abstract: The use of Machine Learning and Deep Learning proffers significant strides forward in trying to devise substantive AI-based legal reasoning systems. That being said, there are crucial drawbacks, limitations, and gotchas that underpin the use of said techniques and technologies. One such qualm entails the insidious nature of computational overinterpretation, essentially elevating legal nonsense above the use of sounder legal logic.

Key briefing points about this article:

  • AI-based legal reasoning systems are getting a big boost from the latest AI advances
  • The trending AI approaches consist of Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • These are computational pattern matching techniques and technologies
  • At times, the output displayed indicates a high certainty or level of confidence
  • Unfortunately, legal nonsense rather than legal logic might be at play



Lance Eliot

Dr. Lance B. Eliot is a renowned global expert on AI, successful startup founder, global CIO/CTO, , was a top exec at a major Venture Capital (VC) firm.