Remarkable Artificial Intelligence Explanations from the Supreme Court

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US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made several statements about artificial intelligence technology in his year-end report published last Sunday. Roberts emphasized that we are at a time when technology is affecting the way judges and lawyers work and that caution must be exercised.

In his 13-page report, Roberts addressed the benefits and harms of using artificial intelligence technologies in the field of law. According to the report, thanks to artificial intelligence;

  • Access to justice has become easier, especially for poor litigants,
  • Reduced costs and shorter duration of legal research,
  • Courts were able to resolve cases more quickly and cost-effectively.

"I anticipate that human judges will continue to serve for some time, but I predict that AI technologies will significantly impact judicial work, particularly at the trial level," the Chief Justice said in the report.

In the report, Roberts underlined that artificial intelligence is already capable of passing law school exams and even the bar exam: "Itmay soon be unthinkable to conduct legal research without AI. It is clear that AI is making it easier for lawyers to access important information, but it also risks invading privacy."

Evidence can be produced with artificial intelligence technology.

In a case last December, the submission of artificial intelligence-generated court transcripts to the court was brought up for discussion. Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, presented the court with documents he said he found on the internet during a trial. Realizing that the documents were generated by artificial intelligence, the court questioned the means by which these documents, including excerpts from some case texts, were obtained. Cohen argued that he was not aware that these documents were generated by artificial intelligence.

Cohen, who was disbarred five years ago, claimed in his affidavit that he obtained the quotes from his research on Google Bard and was unaware that Bard could create documents that do not exist: "SinceI am no longer practicing law, I am not up to date on the use of technology in the legal field. I was not aware that Google Bard was an application that generated documents that were not real, like ChatGPT. I thought Bard was a very powerful search engine and I have used the technology in other situations."

Roberts also addressed this issue implicitly in the report, calling the submission of AI-generated documents to the court 'alwaysa badidea'.

Source: SupremeCourt

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