The Supreme Court of the United States has released a report on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in the judicial process, urging caution in the lead-up to a pivotal election year.
The report, “Artificial Intelligence in the American Judicial Process,” was commissioned by Chief Justice John Roberts and conducted by the Federal Judicial Center. It warns that the use of “machine learning” could potentially introduce bias into legal decision-making, and it urges judges to be thoughtful in their approach.
“Judges should understand how AI works and how it can be applied in the decision-making process,” the report reads. “They should also be aware of potential biases that may occur and the risks associated with the use of AI.”
The report raises potential ethical issues posed by AI, such as the potential for facial recognition technology to be used to identify defendants, and the risk of data breaches and loss of privacy.
The Supreme Court is often in the position of having to interpret and apply new technologies in precedent-setting cases, and this report serves as an important reminder that judges should assess the ethical implications of AI to ensure that it is used responsibly. In an election year where the results of many legal cases will be hotly contested, the Court’s cautionary stance is highly significant.