“What is there not to like? Well, one thing is that if an algorithm can identify these patterns, why do we need people to do it when an AI machine can manage the same task a hundred times faster at a fraction of the cost?
But the question goes deeper. The researchers looked closely at applications under Articles 3 (prevention of inhuman treatment), 6 (right to justice) and 8 (right to bodily integrity and family life). They then instructed the machine to apply a pattern to the text of the judgments. Here’s a quick reminder of how the ECtHR judgments present themselves:
* circumstances (which is the factual/legal matrix of the individual case)
* relevant law
* ‘topics” covered in the discussion
* Court’s assessment of the law and facts
* judgment of the Court”
I posted a review of a book about artificial intelligence in autumn last year. The author’s argument was not that we might find ourselves, some time in the future, subservient to or even enslaved by cool-looking androids from Westworld. His thesis is more disturbing: it’s happening now, and it’s not robots. We are handing over our autonomy to a set of computer instructions called algorithms.
If you remember from my post on that book, I picked out a paragraph that should give pause to any parent urging their offspring to run the gamut of law-school, training contract, pupillage and the never never land of equity partnership or tenancy in today’s competitive legal industry. Yuval Noah Harari suggests that the everything lawyers do now – from the management of company mergers and acquisitions, to deciding on intentionality in…
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